On Monday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) beat up seven Democratic Senators who filed ethical complaints against themselves and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) over their objections to the certification of the January 6th presidential election.
Hawley has continued to defend his objection to the electoral college vote, which eventually confirmed the election winner as Joe Biden.
. @ MaddowBlog: Sens. Hawley and Cruz are facing a new ethics complaint filed by 7 Senate Democrats. https://t.co/V0lrYYk31K
– MSNBC (@MSNBC) Jan 25, 2021
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Ethics complaints fly back and forth
Hawley sent two letters Monday to combat attacks against him over his objections.
The Senate Ethics Committee is asked to investigate the seven Democrats who joined the ethics complaints against him and Cruz.
Hawley argued that the Senators “are making an unprecedentedly frivolous and inappropriate ethical complaint …[w]without citing relevant evidence or arguing in good faith. “
Senator Josh Hawley filed a counter-complaint with Senate Ethics this morning against the 7 Senate demems who had previously filed a complaint against him and Senator Ted Cruz over their objections to the 2020 election results. Https://t.co/ UoGQkThGe2
– POLITICAL (@political) January 25, 2021
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The seven Democratic Senators filing ethical complaints against Hawley and Cruz include: Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Tina Smith of Minnesota, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Maize Hirono of Hawaii, Tim Kaine of Virginia, and Sherrod Brown from Ohio.
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Democrats used the same objections
On January 6, Hawley joined a MP’s objection, as did the Electoral College Objections Process.
This began a two-hour debate on the validity of the slate and a Congress vote on whether or not to reject it.
Hawley had objected to the Pennsylvania electoral college votes; Cruz had objected to Arizona’s electoral roll.
Hawley says he doesn’t believe that Democrats are arguing the legitimacy of the objections, but that objecting will be raised at all.
He continued that Democrats have invoked the same provision repeatedly: “In fact, in every presidential election since 2000 that a Republican has won, Democrats have attempted to object to votes for that reason, regardless of whether there is a basis for Good faith gives such objections. “
The Democrats made exactly the same objections in the 2016 election, which President Trump won.
Hawley also stated that his objections to Pennsylvania voters had “strong legal bases”.
7 Senate Dems filed an ethics complaint against Ted Cruz & Josh Hawley for contesting election votes. They said they “gave legitimacy to the mob’s cause and made future violence more likely”.
“Congress has exclusive power to penalize and expel its members” https://t.co/OUv07yAzSQ pic.twitter.com/7z9QgTG7c8
– Ari Berman (@AriBerman) January 21, 2021
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Democrats accuse Hawley of helping instigate violence on Capitol Hill
On January 6, what began as a peaceful protest by Trump supporters against what they believed was widespread election fraud turned into a violent mob scene when protesters stormed the Capitol Building.
Before the Capitol storming, Hawley could be seen entering the Capitol, raising a fist in apparent solidarity with the protesters outside.
While Hawley and Cruz both condemned the violence in the Capitol, the Democratic Ethics Complaint alleges that Hawley and Cruz “legitimized President Trump’s false statements and the mob cause.”
The complaint continued: “While it was the Senators’ right to object to voters, the conduct of Senators Cruz and Hawley … went beyond that.
Both senators announced their intention to object to voters after unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud which, according to information and beliefs they knew were unfounded, led to threats of violence. Their actions create credibility for the insurgent cause and create the conditions for future violence. And both senators used their objections for political fundraising campaigns. “
The complaint went so far as to question whether or not Hawley and Cruz had any kind of communication or coordination with the rally organizers.
Hawley, the junior senator from Missouri and a vocal supporter of former President Trump and a possible 2024 presidential candidate, described the complaint as an “obviously partisan exercise”. He also asked whether or not any of the seven senators had acted in concert with external democratic groups.
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Hawley is not intimidated
In response to his fellow senators’ complaints against him, Hawley said, “I will not be intimidated by your efforts to silence myself, the people of my state will not be intimidated by you, and you should be ashamed, so gross to have been abused your office and the senate. “