Update (1650ET): Hours after legal consequences were decided over Rep.
Jussie Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) pulling the fire alarm in the Cannon House Office Building during a key house vote does video emerge of him removing the signs on the doors he claimed not to know how to open, before pulling the fire alarm on Sept. 30.
🚨 NEW FOOTAGE: Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman removes warning signs before pulling the fire alarm in a House office building last month pic.twitter.com/dhwOQN2G6y— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 26, 2023
Recall that Bowman claims he was just an idiot.
Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman says he still stands by his statement that he pulled the fire alarm in the Capitol complex by accident:— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 2, 2023
"I don't know why this has gotten so much attention. I was literally just in a rush to go vote, man! That's all it was!" pic.twitter.com/Lq38tL90J8
JUST IN: After being charged, Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman still claims he was not trying to disrupt any official government proceeding when he pulled a fire alarm. pic.twitter.com/QZunn8sBC0— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) October 26, 2023
Did the same Capitol Police that covered for the cop who shot Ashli Babbitt withhold this footage until the legal portion of Bowman's 'incident' was done? Did Kevin McCarthy withhold it?
BREAKING: The video of Jamaal Bowman pulling the fire alarm to stop a vote has been released.— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 26, 2023
In his initial statement, Bowman claimed that he was rushing to get to a vote and did it by accident.
The video shows him removing the warning signs and not even attempting to open the… pic.twitter.com/IGzmZo72xp
I bet J6 folks wish they could get the same gentle treatment afforded to insurrectionist Jamaal Bowman pic.twitter.com/nztj9A5KBc— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 25, 2023
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Update (0955ET): Bowman has pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor for pulling a fire alarm in the Cannon House Office Building last month during a key House vote, leading to an evacuation of the entire building while the House was in session. The building was reopened an hour later, after Capitol Police determined the situation was not a threat.
Bowman appeared in DC Superior Court Thursday morning for his arraignment, the day after he was issued a criminal summons for his behavior. He will pay $1,000 and write an apology to the Capitol Police under the terms of an agreement with prosecutors.
Bowman got off light, with some Republicans accusing him of intentionally trying to sabotage a vote. Others went so far as to call for Bowman's expulsion.
"What I did was against D.C. law," Bowman told reporters before entering the courthouse. "I said, from the very beginning, I was not trying to disrupt any congressional proceedings. I’m glad that the investigation yielded that. And so it was against D.C. law, and I got to take responsibility for it, which I’m here to do."
Bowman was processed at the Capitol Police headquarters earlier in the day.
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Democratic lawmaker Rep. Jamaal Bowman was issued a criminal summons by the DC Superior Court, after he was caught on CCTV pulling the fire alarm in the House office building on Oct. 1 while Democrats were trying to delay a House vote on the stopgap bill (which eventually passed at the 11th hour).
Bowman - who founded a school that would have held several fire drills per year, wants us to believe he mistook this fire alarm...
...for an automatic door opener that he was trying to use to open a clearly marked emergency exit.
Bowman wanted us to believe that he "came to a door that is usually open for votes but today would not open," and that he's "embarrassed to admit that I activated the fire alarm, mistakenly thinking it would open the door. I regret this and sincerely apologize for any confusion this caused."
And now, Bowman has to appear before the court on Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. on the charge of a "fire false alarm."
BREAKING: The Superior Court of DC has issued a criminal summons to Jamaal Bowman on the charge of False Fire Alarm pic.twitter.com/8L2oLt2D9R— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 25, 2023
In response, Bowman said on Wednesday: "I’m thankful for the quick resolution from the District of Columbia Attorney General’s office on this issue and grateful that the United States Capitol Police General Counsel’s office agreed I did not obstruct nor intend to obstruct any House vote or proceedings," adding "I am responsible for activating a fire alarm, I will be paying the fine issued, and look forward to these charges being ultimately dropped. I think we all know that Republicans will attempt to use this to distract everyone from their mess."
As the Epoch Times noted at the time; The fire alarm in the Cannon House Office Building, often called the "Old House Office Building," was triggered around noon, leading to an evacuation of the entire building while the House was in session. The building was reopened an hour later, after Capitol Police determined the situation was not a threat.
Capitol Police said in a statement late Saturday that an “investigation into what happened and why continues.”
The fire alarms in the Old House Office Building are pull down triggers encased in bright red boxes that read "FIRE."
🚨🚨🚨 BREAKING: Insurrectionist Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman has been CAUGHT ON-CAMERA pulling the Capitol fire alarm seconds before critical vote to keep government open.— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 30, 2023
Violation of 1512(c)(2) obstruction of an official proceeding.
ARREST & Prosecute Rep. Bowman IMMEDIATELY! pic.twitter.com/3m883RB88A
At the time of the evacuation, Democrat lawmakers in the House were working to delay a vote on a 45-day funding bill to keep federal agencies open. They said they needed time to review the 71-page bill that Republicans had just released to avoid a shutdown.
'The law for thee, but not for me...'