Thomas Massie says he was threatened by Speaker Johnson's HSA for refusing to delete video showing House members waving Ukraine flags

Representative Thomas Massie wrote, "Instead of fining democrats for waving flags, the House Sergeant at Arms just called and said I will be fined $500 if I don’t delete this video post."


Update: House Speaker Mike Johnson wrote on X of the fine, "Upon viewing Rep. Massie’s tweet, our team reached out to the Sergeant at Arms. I do not agree with this assessment and there will be no fine imposed on Rep. Massie."

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) posted on Tuesday that he was called up by the House Sergeant at Arms who allegedly threatened the representative with a $500 fine if he did not delete a post with a video from the House floor when Democratic congressmen waved Ukraine flags after a chamber voted to pass the foreign aid package that includes funding for the European nation.   

"Instead of fining democrats for waving flags, the House Sergeant at Arms just called and said I will be fined $500 if I don’t delete this video post," Massie wrote online.   

"Mike Johnson really wants to memory hole this betrayal of America," the congressman added.   

The video of Democratic representatives went viral on Saturday after a package of over $60 billion passed in the House of Representatives to go to Ukraine.   

Although it is not clear exactly how the alleged fine was ordered, a Congressional Research Service report on the duties of the House Sergeant at Arms states, “Under the direction of the Speaker of the House or other presiding officer, the Sergeant at Arms plays an integral role in maintaining order and decorum in the House chamber.” 

The current House Seargent at Arms is William McFarland who acts as “the chief law enforcement and protocol officer of the House of Representatives and is responsible for maintaining order in the House side of the United States Capitol complex.” 

The proposed legislation has gone to the Senate for a vote where it is likely to pass on Tuesday evening.   

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