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In a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee, seven Democratic senators asked for an investigation into the conduct of the two Republican senators –

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In a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee, seven Democratic senators asked for an investigation into the conduct of the two Republican senators – Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri – who led objections to counting of the electoral votes on Jan. 6, the same day a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol.

By objecting to the votes, the senators wrote, Cruz and Hawley “amplified claims of election fraud that had resulted in threats of violence against state and local officials around the country” and “lent legitimacy to the mob’s cause.” 

“The Committee should also offer recommendations for strong disciplinary action, including up to expulsion or censure, if warranted by the facts uncovered,” they wrote.

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 signed the letter. 



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