7 Senate Democrats have filed an ethics complaint against Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley…

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Rafael Edward Cruz is an American politician and attorney of Cuban American descent who has been junior United States Senator for Texas since 2013. After graduating from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Cruz pursued a career in government. Wikipedia

Joshua David Hawley is an American attorney and politician who has served as the junior United States Senator from Missouri since 2019. Wikipedia

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By Caroline Kelly, CNN

Updated 0217 GMT (1017 HKT) January 22, 2021

(CNN)Seven Senate Democrats filed an ethics complaint on Thursday against Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas and called for the Ethics Committee to investigate how their objections to the Electoral College votes on January 6 may have contributed to inciting the violent Capitol insurrection.

“The Senate Ethics Committee should open an investigation into the actions of Senators Hawley and Cruz, and perhaps others as investigation may reveal, in order to protect the integrity, safety, and reputation of the Senate,” Democratic 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 in the complaint.

“The question the Senate must answer is not whether Senators Hawley and Cruz had the right to the object to the electors, but whether the senators failed to ‘[p]ut loyalty to the highest moral principles and to country above loyalty to persons, party, or Government department’ or engaged in ‘improper conduct reflecting on the Senate’ in connection with the violence on January 6,” the Democrats wrote, citing the Code of Ethics for Government Service and the Senate Ethics Manual.

In their letter to the panel’s leaders, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware and Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, the seven senators also asked the committee to offer disciplinary recommendations, “including up to expulsion or censure.”

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https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/535307-senate-democrats-file-ethics-complaint-against-hawley-cruz-over-capitol

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