VIDEO: Dem Rep. Jamaal Bowman Removed Warning Signs Before Pulling Fire Alarm at Capitol

Chris Menahan
Oct. 26, 2023

Democratic New York congressman Jamaal Bowman pleaded guilty on Thursday to a measly misdemeanor charge for pulling a fire alarm ahead of a House vote to avert a government shutdown.

Bowman was accused of pulling the fire alarm to prevent the vote -- which could have opened him up to the same charge of obstruction of an official proceeding doled out to hundreds of J6ers -- but D.C. attorney general Brian Schwalb decided to let him off easy with just a misdemeanor (while simultaneously prosecuting J6ers to the fullest extent of the law).

From Axios, "Bowman pleads guilty to pulling Capitol Hill fire alarm":
Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) pleaded guilty on Thursday to a local criminal count for pulling a House office building fire alarm last month.

Driving the news: Bowman's office said Wednesday they had reached an agreement with the D.C. attorney general for the charges to be dropped in three months in exchange for a formal apology and a $1,000 fine.

- The charges will be dismissed as long as Bowman abides by the conditions of a three-month probation agreement, the attorney general's office said Wednesday.

What they're saying: "I am responsible for activating a fire alarm, I will be paying the fine issued, and look forward to these charges being ultimately dropped," Bowman said in a statement before his court appearance Thursday. [...]

- The attorney general's office charged Bowman in D.C. superior court with one count of a false fire alarm, according to court documents.

- The offense is punishable by up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine under D.C. criminal code.

- "Congressman Bowman was treated like anyone else who violates the law in the District of Columbia," said Gabriel Shoglow-Rubenstein, a spokesperson for the D.C. attorney general's office.
It must be nice to enjoy such privilege.

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