Democrats want ethics panel to investigate Senators Hawley, Cruz
Democrats say they want to; fully understand Senators Ted Cruise and Josh Hawley’s role in the Capitol Hill riots
On Thursday, seven Democratic senators petitioned the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Republican Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley to “fully understand their role” in the January 6 Capitol Hill riots by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
Thousands gathered outside the Congress building as lawmakers gathered for a joint session to endorse Joe Biden’s victory in the November presidential election. Senators Hawley and Cruz tried to protest Biden’s victory.
According to Democrats, thousands of people came to the Capitol at Trump’s insistence, caused riots and disrupted Congressional hearings. The riots killed five people, injured dozens of police officers, and suffered extensive damage to the Capitol building..
Democratic senators believe that the issue is not whether Cruise and Hawley had the right to object to Biden’s victory, but that senators failed to demonstrate loyalty to “higher moral principles and country” by prioritizing loyalty “to to people, party or government department “.
Democrats also believe there is a need to investigate the possible “misconduct” of Cruise, representing Texas, and Hawley, representing Missouri. Democrats also believe that Cruz and Hawley announced their intention to protest Biden’s victory, even though they “knew that allegations of election fraud were unfounded.”.
“Their actions build confidence in the rebels and set the stage for future violence. Both senators used their objections (against the election results) to raise political funds, ”the Democratic senators said in a letter..
Cruise and Hawley condemned the January 6 violence at the Capitol. Cruz, in particular, called the actions of the instigators of the riots “a heinous terrorist act.” Hawley said people who attacked police officers and violated the law should be held accountable.
“Joe Biden and the Democrats talk about unity but are brazenly trying to outlaw dissent,” Senator Hawley said in a response, “This latest move is a flagrant violation of Senate ethics and an attempt at (Democrats) revenge.”.
Democrats who have asked to investigate Republican senators include Sheldon Whitehouse, Ron Wyden, Tina Smith, Richard Blumenthal, Masi Hirono, Tim Kane and Sherrod Brown..