Call your two Senators and say you support the ethics complaint against Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley.
A total of eight Senators were among the 147 members of Congress who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Josh Hawley of Oklahoma and Ted Cruz of Texas keep getting singled out because they’re seen as having gone further than most to promote Trump’s false claims about the election and inflame the anger of Trump’s supporters ahead of the January 6 Insurrection.
Some of their Senate colleagues called for the two to resign over their roles in the lead-up to January 6. Of course, neither has.
On January 21, 2021, a group of Senate Democrats sent a letter to the leadership of the chamber’s Ethics Committee, asking it to investigate Cruz and Hawley to “fully understand their role” in the context of the January 6 events, and consider whether their actions merited punishment.
See an NPR story about the ethics complaint against Hawley and Cruz:
We at OTYCD are asking you to call your Senators and voice support for pursuing the ethics complaint against Hawley and Cruz.
To clarify: The complaint does NOT call for punishment. It calls for examining the role of each in the events that led to the January 6 Insurrection AND THEN, once the full set of facts are in hand, deciding whether and how to punish them.
Before you call, please check the social media feeds and the press release sections of your Senators’ websites and see what they’ve said, or haven’t said, about this matter.
Are any of the Democrats named below your Senators? They signed on to the ethics complaint, and you should acknowledge that when you call them:
Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island
Sherrod Brown of Ohio
Mazie Hirono of Hawaii
Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut
Tina Smith of Minnesota
Tim Kaine of Virginia
Ron Wyden of Oregon
Wyden, Smith, Brown, and Whitehouse also made public statements condemning Hawley and Cruz and in some cases, calling for them to resign or be expelled from the Senate.
Other Senators–all Democrats–who made similar public statements include:
Patty Murray of Washington state, who called on the two to resign.
Chris Coons of Delaware, who is also the Democratic leader of the Senate Ethics Committee, said they should resign.
Jeff Merkley of Oregon tweeted on January 11:
Senators Cruz & Hawley should resign. One insurrection came from a mob outside seeking to burn electoral college ballots. A second insurrection—seeking to disqualify those ballots—was led by Hawley & Cruz inside the Capitol. Both dishonored our Constitution. They should resign.
Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who expressed his willingness to consider removing Hawley and Cruz when asked about it directly during an interview.
Also! If one or both of your Senators are on the Senate Committee on Ethics, it’s extra-important that you call.
See them here, but we’ll also list them below: https://www.ethics.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/committee-members
The members of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics are:
James Lankford, Republican of Oklahoma, chairman (this should change once the Senators hammer out the power-sharing agreement under discussion)
(Worth noting: Lankford was among the members of Congress who said they would challenge the 2020 election results, but backed off after the January 6 Insurrection.)
Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, vice chair (again, this should change once the power-sharing agreement is settled)
Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii
Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas
Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire
James E. Risch, Republican of Idaho
And here’s your calling script:
“Dear <Senator Lastname,> I am <Firstname Lastname> from <town, state>. I am calling to express support for pursuing an ethics complaint against Senators Josh Hawley of Oklahoma and Ted Cruz of Texas for their involvement in the events that led to the January 6 Insurrection.
They were more vigorous than most in promoting Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election and they actively inflamed the ire of Trump’s supporters, knowing that the claims were false.
I agree that the Senate Ethics Committee should investigate their roles in what happened, and I encourage the committee to take up the complaint.
Once all the facts are in hand, I encourage the committee to consider whether and how the two should be punished, up to and including expulsion if the circumstances call for it.
Thank you for taking my call.”
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