Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) Joined in this week to fix a growing call for Hawley and Cruz, but said the penalties under consideration should also be paid to the six other GOP senators who joined in objecting to the election results. Sensor. Rick Scott of Florida and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama. Even though others were less vocal about their objections, Murphy said they were justifying the view among the crowd [of rioters] The Congress had the power to reverse the election. “
“If it really was just one of those two, then perhaps the non-expectation that all these rioters would have been moistened,” Murphy said, “so I don’t even like the idea that everyone’s ashamed being done. Just those two senators. I think everyone who signed that letter deserves blame as well.
Some Democrats have gone even further. Sen. Sharrod Brown (D-Ohio) said the pair should resign and if they do not, the Senate should expel them from the Chamber, saying that they have sworn their positions and in our democracy Has ended a violent rebellion. “Even Sen. Chris Delones Delaware, a centrist Democrat who works closely with Republicans, asked Hawley and Cruz to step down.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) Was even more direct, accusing him of “trying to instigate a violent mob for personal gain.”
The push for the results comes as the Senate begins to cancel Trump’s second impeachment test and process presidential-election Joe Biden’s cabinet nominees, as well as his Kovid-19 relief plan.
A spokesman for incoming Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) declined to comment on what Democrats could do as punishment for the two GOP senators, as they head to the chamber later this month Controls, although many options remain on the table.
Amid the backlash, Hawley and Cruz are doubling down on their antics and their rhetoric leading to violent riots in the Capitol, resulting in the death of five people, including a police officer.
Cruz told Politico last week that he was simply seeking a debate on the Senate floor, and that “what I was doing was the exact opposite of inciting violence.” Howley wrote an op-ed this week stating that he maintained his objections even after the riots in the Capitol because “I would not bow down in front of a chaotic mob, or let criminals eliminate the legitimate concerns of my constituents.” Will not allow. “
Nevertheless, his fellow Republicans saw more of the senators’ electoral objections to complete the GOP base with Trump, and positioned himself for the presidency in 2024. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) protested. His efforts and tried to convince members of the GOP convention to vote to certify the election results, so that the senators facing reelection in 2022 would be in trouble.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said that the group of senators objected that “an unprecedented attack on our democracy will always be seen as a disagreement,” while Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Called Hawley’s Described the conduct as “really”. idiot.”
But most Republicans do not foresee a formal condemnation on the Senate floor.
“I think it would be a partisan practice,” said a GOP senator who was given anonymity to openly evaluate the situation. “They find out the real events circulating in public.”
Even if the Democrats opted against a formal penalty, they could still charge the Senate Ethics Committee with an investigation by Hawley and Cruz. Additionally, several Democratic senators have already stated that they do not intend to work with the pair again with the law. For example, Houle has partnered with Democrats on their push for stimulus investigations.
“I won’t work with those Republicans,” Sen. Tina Smith (D-Min.) Stated candidly. “However, it is important to remember that there are many, many in the Republican Senate that I serve on a daily basis, and I will continue to do so.”
And both senators have already suffered significant setbacks, independent of congressional action. Simon & Schuster canceled the publication of Hawley’s forthcoming book, and Cruz’s communications director resigned.
In addition, a former aide to Sen. Claire McAskill (D-Mo.), Who was defeated by Hawley in 2018, has held a super aim of blocking the mansion’s ambitions for a higher position or re-election to his Senate seat Launched PAC. And former fighter John Danforth (R-Mo.), Hawley’s mentor, abandoned his support, saying that his attempt to help groom Hawley for public office was “the biggest mistake I’ve ever made in my life.”
Burgess Everett and Marianne Levine contributed to this report.