A progressive Democrat and member of the so-called “Squad” is accused of pulling a fire alarm in the Cannon House office building Saturday afternoon in an alleged ploy to delay an ongoing resolution vote to avert a government shutdown.
Politico Congress reporter Olivia Beavers posted the story on the social media platform X.
“Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) was caught on camera pulling the Cannon fire alarm ahead of this motion to postpone the vote as Democrats attempted to delay the CR vote, multiple sources tell me,” Beavers said tweeted Saturday afternoon. “We have reached out to him for comment – we have not viewed any footage ourselves.”
Beavers added, “I’m told Capitol Police officers were alerted to locate him.”
The spokesman said: “An investigation into why it was withdrawn is ongoing.”
Chad Pergram, senior congressional correspondent for Fox News, wrote“NY Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulled the fire alarm in the Cannon Building, forcing the evacuation as Democrats tried to buy more time to read the new CR. USCP Criminal Investigation Division is questioning Bowman.”
House Administration Committee Chairman Bryan Steil (R-WI) said“Rep. Jamal Bowman pulled a fire alarm in Cannon this morning. An investigation into why it was triggered is ongoing.”
The Democratic lawmaker was reportedly caught on video pulling the fire alarm.
A spokesman for Bowman said“Congressman Bowman didn’t know he was setting off a building alarm as he rushed to take an urgent vote. The Congressman regrets any confusion.”
Archer told Reporter: “I thought the alarm would open the door.”
MP Nicole Malliotakis (RN.Y.) announced“This is the United States Congress, not a New York high school. Pulling the fire alarm to disrupt proceedings while we are trying to draft laws to AVOID A SHUTDOWN is pathetic…even for members of the socialist force.”
Malliotakis drafts a resolution to expel Bowman. after to their speaker.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) said“IIf true, it is a crime punishable by up to six months in prison. While Republicans try to be productive, Democrats sound the fire alarm in the halls of Congress. Revolt?”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) written down“Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman pulled the fire alarm at the Cannon Building this afternoon, interrupting official House proceedings as Republicans worked to keep the government open. I call on the Department of Justice to prosecute him under the same law they used.” Prosecute J6 defendants for interfering in an official proceeding. Democrats will literally do anything to overthrow OUR government because billions are not going to their favorite country: Ukraine.”
Greene too explained“Democratic Representative Jamaal Bowman has allegedly just violated 18 USC 1512(c)(2), Interruption of Official Proceedings.”
Rep. Troy E. Nehls (R-Texas) stated“I heard that Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) was CAUGHT ON CAMERA pulling the fire alarm in a House office building to delay the CR vote. IF TRUE: He should be charged with obstruction of an official proceeding, which is a FELONY.” . As a former sheriff, I would like to handcuff him.”
The New York Times previously wrote of obstruction of an official proceeding: “The charge – officially known in the Penal Code as 18 USC 1512(c)(2) – makes it a felony to ‘corruptly obstruct, impede, or interfere with’ an official government proceeding and contributes to it. “a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.”
Intentionally triggering a false fire alarm is and is a misdemeanor in the District of Columbia punishable punished with up to six months in prison.
In March, Bowman wrote Online: “No one in this country is above the law” when it comes to charges against former President Donald Trump.
Fox News Bowman’s office reached out for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
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