Seven Democratic Senators have requested that the Senate Ethics Committee open an investigation into Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley.

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tina Smith of Minnesota, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sherrod Brown of Ohio wrote:

When Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley introduced they might object to the counting of statecertified electors on January 6, 2021, they amplified claims of election fraud that had resulted in threats of violence towards state and native officers across the nation. Whereas Congress was
debating Senator Cruz’s objection, a violent mob stormed the Capitol. These insurrectionists
ransacked the constructing, stole property, and brazenly threatened Members of Congress and the Vice
President. By continuing with their objections to the electors after the violent assault, Senators Cruz and Hawley lent legitimacy to the mob’s trigger and made future violence extra possible.
Senators Hawley and Cruz’s actions have been denounced by people throughout the political
spectrum
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The Senate has the unique energy to find out whether or not these actions violated its
ethics guidelines, to research additional conduct of which we is probably not conscious which will have violated
these guidelines, and to think about acceptable self-discipline. The query the Senate should reply just isn’t
whether or not Senators Hawley and Cruz had the fitting to the item to the electors, however whether or not the
senators did not “[p]ut loyalty to the best ethical ideas and to nation above loyalty to
individuals, get together, or Authorities division” or engaged in “improper conduct reflecting on the
Senate”. The Senate Ethics Committee ought to examine their conduct to totally perceive their function. The actions of which we all know demand an investigation and a dedication whether or not disciplinary motion is warranted. Till then, a cloud of uncertainty will cling over them and over this physique.

Until Cruz and Hawley labored with the insurrectionists to plot the rebel, it’s unlikely that they’ll face felony expenses. Those who tried to topple the government believed that they were doing what Cruz wanted.
A Senate Ethics Committee investigation is the beginning of figuring out what function Cruz and Hawley could have performed within the rebel. Their actions throughout the certification of the outcomes after the assault have been unhealthy sufficient that they deserve investigation and attainable motion.

Cruz and Hawley thought that they have been setting themselves up for 2024 presidential runs with their cynical actions, however their problem of the election outcomes possible ended their White Home desires and will finish their Senate careers.

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