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A group of Senate Democrats filed a moral complaint Thursday against Republican Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz over their objection to the January 6 certification of presidential election results that coincided with the deadly riots at the US Capitol.
By objecting to the testimony, Cruise and Hawley “legalized” the violent pro-Trump gangs that stormed the Capitol Building, sending the letter to incoming Senate Ethics Committee Chairman Chris Koons, Vice President James said to Lancford, Oklahoma.
The letter, led by Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island, requested an investigation of the two members to “fully understand their role” as it relates to the attack on the Capitol and determine whether disciplinary action is required.
Whitehouse and the other six Democrats who signed the letter want information on whether Hawley, Cruz, or their staff have been in contact or coordination with the organizers of the rally; What senators know about plans for the January 6 march; Whether they received donations from any of the organizations or donors that funded the gathering, and whether the senators were “involved in criminal or immoral or indecent behavior.”
Until these questions are clarified, the letter said, “A cloud of uncertainty will hang over them and this body.” Senators Ron Wyden, Tina Smith, Richard Blumenthal, Mazzy Hirono, Tim Kane and Sherrod Brown have also signed.
Hawley, of Missouri, and Cruz, of Texas, defended their actions by saying that they had raised objections to what they saw as electoral irregularities in states that voted for Biden. There was no evidence for such claims.
Hawley He said Thursday that Biden and the Democrats “are trying to silence the opposition.”
He added that the request for an investigation “is a flagrant violation of Senate ethics and a flagrant attempt at partisan revenge.”
Both Holly and Cruise, along with six other senators, faced bipartisan criticism for the anti-martyrdom voting in Arizona and Pennsylvania. They maintained their position even after many of their fellow senators withdrew their objections after Congress was forced to evacuate by a mob attacking the Capitol building.
If the investigation proceeds and the commission finds any wrongdoing by two senators, they may face discipline from the Senate. Under the Constitution, Congress has the exclusive power to discipline its members – though it is rare for members to face punishment.
The Senate can dismiss or place blame on its members. Eviction requires a two-thirds vote in the room. Censure requires a majority vote.
But according SenateIn 1780, only 15 U.S. senators have been fired – all due to disloyalty to the United States, most removed for their support of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
The Senate blamed nine of its members between 1811 and 1990 for “conduct which tends to insult the Senate and discredit.” The majority of recent cases involved senators who were found to have accepted gifts inappropriately or used campaign money to their own benefit.
The Seven Democrats who drafted the letter to the Ethics Committee believed Holly and Cruz had violated the government service code of ethics, which required elected officials.[p]Loyalty to the highest moral principles and the state above allegiance to a person, party, or government administration and[u]Realize these principles, always conscious that a public office is a public trust. ”
Senator. Smith, Minnesota, He said Thursday She believes Holly and Cruz should be removed from the Senate.
“Senator Cruz and Hawley deserve a fair process and an opportunity to explain themselves and their role in the January 6 Capitol siege,” Smith wrote in a tweet. “But unless we learn something new, based on what we’ve seen so far, I don’t think they deserve to remain in the Senate.”