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Monday, January 24, 2022

Other Voices: It’s high time the Ethics Commission spoke to Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz and January 6th.

ST. LUIS, Missouri – Ten months after a group of Democrats in the US Senate filed ethical complaints about the conduct of the Senate Senate Ethics Committee, Senate Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas regarding their role in instigating the January 6 Capitol attack failed showed no sign of movement. Both senators told Politico that they were not even contacted by the committee.

The House of Representatives recently moved at an appropriate pace to convict Rep. Paul Gosar, Rhode Arizona, for promoting a cartoon fantasy in which his character kills another member of Congress.

January 6 was not fiction; it was real, and the guilt of these two senators must be established.

Hawley and Cruz were the only two senators who objected to confirming Joe Biden’s clear win in the 2020 election, citing (without any evidence) alleged concerns about the fairness of the election. It was the same baseless, venomous nonsense that then President Donald Trump spewed out before the election. Such talk prompted a crowd of Trump supporters to attack the Capitol on January 6.

Hawley was the first senator to object to certification, and that’s the only reason a vote should have been taken on the matter. This vote became a rally for the mafia. Without this, the attack might not have happened.

More than a dozen Republican senators initially said they would join Hawley in voting against certification. But after the mafia attack, most of them realized the damage the charade had done to the country and stepped back, voting to confirm the elections, in which – again – there was no credible evidence of serious irregularities. But not Hawley. Even after the violence, he continued to vote alongside five other senators to continue propagating Trump’s big lie that Biden’s victory was illegal.

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Hawley even had the nerve to deliver an angry speech later in the Senate to the boardroom, denouncing the violence – the arsonist standing among the ashes. If he had even an ounce of honor, he would have heeded our call on January 7 for resignation (we, of course, were not alone in this). But then why talk about honor?

Hawley, of course, is now claiming his victim, arguing that the ethical complaint would punish him for using his official powers to object to the election results. But a complaint filed in late January specifically mentions the Code of Ethics for the Civil Service, which requires elected officials to prioritize “loyalty to the highest moral principles and country over loyalty to the people, party or government department.” Just because there is a mechanism for Senators to object to the election results does not mean that it is normal for Hawley to abuse the process for gross political gain.

Hawley and Cruz have the right to defend themselves against accusations, but so far they haven’t even had to. The ethics committee must stop sitting on this.

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