It was during Congressional certification of Biden’s victory that a host of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, smashing the walls of the building and temporarily halting proceedings. Lawmakers were forced to take shelter in place as both chambers were locked, and at least five people died as a result of the violence – including a Capitol police officer.
Immediately before the attack, former President Donald Trump chipped his backers at a rally on the White House Ellipse, encouraging them to march on Capitol Hill with hot-blooded rhetoric. Asset was indicted by the House two weeks ago for “inciting insurgency” – becoming the only president in American history to face historic reprimand twice – and he is now ready to stand trial in the Senate at the beginning of next month.
But Democratic lawmakers and some Republicans have also directed their fury at colleagues who sought to overturn the results of the congressional election, saying their actions and refusal to acknowledge the reality of Biden’s victory played a role in provoking the government. murderous siege of the Capitol. Hawley and Cruz, in particular, have received calls resign or be expelled from the Senate – the potential sanctions Hawley alluded to in his Monday letter.
“In light of the shameful abuse of the ethics process you have deliberately entered into, I have considered whether I should ask you to resign or be expelled from the Senate,” Hawley wrote to the Seven Democrats. “But I still believe in the First Amendment, which the United States Supreme Court says protects even ‘offensive’ and malicious speech, like yours.