Democrat Rep. Jamaal Bowman Hit With Criminal Charge Relating to Pulling Fire Alarm During Congressional Vote

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On Wednesday, Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) has now reportedly been charged with a misdemeanor for setting off a fire alarm in the Cannon House Office Building late last month during hurried votes on government funding.

According to court documents, Bowman received a summons to appear in District of Columbia Superior Court on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

The congressman from New York claimed that he unintentionally set off the alarm in an effort to leave the building and get straight to the House floor so he could cast his vote.

He refuted Republican accusations that he was trying to create a distraction in order to postpone the vote.

Bowman’s office announced on Wednesday that the congressman and the D.C. Attorney General came to a deal whereby the congressman would drop the charges in three months in exchange for writing an apology to the Capitol Police and paying a $1,000 fine.

Bryan Steil, the chairman of the House Administration Committee (R-Wis.), declared he will look into Bowman’s actions. Bowman should resign, according to some, and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) presented a motion to remove him from the House over the event.

According to the former president, Bowman ought to be “prosecuted and imprisoned” for setting off the alert.

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