Seven Democratic Senators have requested that the Senate Ethics Committee open an investigation into Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley.
Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island, Ron Wyden from Oregon, Tina Smith from Minnesota, Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, Mazie Hirono from Hawaii, Tim Kaine from Virginia and Sherrod Brown from Ohio wrote:
When Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley announced on Jan. 6, 2021 that they would object to the counting of state certified voters, they reinforced allegations of electoral fraud that had led to threats of violence against state and local officials across the country. During the congress was
When he was debating Senator Cruz's objection, a violent mob stormed the Capitol. These insurgents
ransacked the building, stole property and openly threatened members of Congress and the deputy
President. By continuing to object to voters after the violent attack, Senators Cruz and Hawley gave legitimacy to the mob's cause and made future violence more likely.
Senators Hawley and Cruz's actions have been denounced by individuals across the political spectrum
The Senate has exclusive power to determine whether these actions are contrary to its own
Code of ethics to investigate additional conduct that we may not know may have been violated
these rules, and proper discipline to be observed. The question the Senate has to answer is not
whether Senators Hawley and Cruz had the right to disagree with the voters, but whether they did
Senators failed to “show loyalty to the highest moral standards and to the country that is above loyalty to loyalty
Individuals, parties or government departments ”or“ inappropriate conduct in relation to the
Senate ". The Senate Ethics Committee should investigate their behavior to fully understand their role. The actions known to us require an investigation and determination of whether disciplinary action is warranted. By then, a cloud of uncertainty will hang over them and this body.
Unless Cruz and Hawley worked with the insurgents to plan the insurrection, they are unlikely to face prosecution. Those who tried to overthrow the government believed they were doing what Cruz wanted.
A Senate Ethics Committee investigation is the start of determining what role Cruz and Hawley may have played in the insurrection. Your actions during the certification of the post-attack results were so dire that they deserve investigation and possible action.
Cruz and Hawley thought their cynical actions would prepare for the 2024 presidential election, but their election results challenge likely ended their White House dreams and could end their Senate careers.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association