In one of those letters, Hawley, R-Mo., known as the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate both Democrats who registered the complaint against him and Cruz, R-Texas, accusing the senators of submitting"an unprecedently frivolous and improper integrity criticism... [w]ithout mentioning any relevant signs or supplying some good-faith debate"
Hawley on Jan. 6 combined a House member's objection to the Pennsylvania Electoral College votes, triggering 2 hours of discussion in each room over the validity of their slate and votes on whether Congress should reject them.
"The criticism against me doesn't imply my conscience to Pennsylvania's electoral votes was legally improper. No Senator could create such a proposal with a straight face. Federal law specifically authorizes Senators to thing a State's electoral votes weren't'regularly given,'" Hawley says in his letter to the Ethics Committee. "Democrats have staged this provision. Really, in every presidential election since 2000 a Republican has won, Democrats have sought to object to electoral votes on this floor, irrespective of if any good-faith foundation existed for these objections."
Hawley further defended his choice to thing into Pennsylvania's electoral votes as using a"strong legal foundation"
The mob, that prior to the assault Hawley was captured in a photograph raising his fist into an obvious gesture of solidarity, driven hundreds of lawmakers and former Vice President Pence to hiding, ransacked the building and was the worst encroachment on a U.S. government association as the British burned the Capitol during the War of 1812.
However, the president has been impeached in the House of Representatives because of his role in stoking the audience. The ethics complaint against Hawley and Cruz, meanwhile, states that Cruz and Hawley"lent validity to President Trump's false statements" and"into the mob's origin."
"While it had been in Senators' rights to object to the electors, the behavior of Senators Cruz and Hawley... went past that. The two senators declared their intention to object to the electors after baseless claims of election fraud, which upon information and belief that they understood to be baseless, had led to threats of violence," that the Democrats' letter stated. "Their activities give credence to the insurrectionists' trigger and set the platform for violence. And both senators utilized their disrespect for political fundraising."
The Democrats' complaint also raised concerns regarding whether there was"coordination or communication between Sens. Hawley and Cruz and the organizers of this rally."
Hawley, a firebrand senator that has embraced Trump's new populism and is regarded as a possible 2024 presidential candidate, railed against the Democrats for this particular accusation. He said their criticism was a"manifestly partisan exercise" and called for an ethics investigation to the Democrats who registered the complaint against him and Cruz.
"Most surprisingly, the Democrats who registered the complaint against me insinuate--with no evidence at all --which I or my team could have conspired together with the offenders who stormed the Capitol," Hawley said. "In many jurisdictions, such statements could constitute defamation per se, and when provided during discussion they'd constitute a clear breach of Senate Rule XIX.2."
Hawley especially asked the Ethics Committee to inquire whether the seven Democrats had coordinated using a couple of external teams, Democratic leadership, such as the Biden government, and whether they've been connected with lobbyists and businesses that have stated they will no longer contribute to Hawley or Cruz.
There is no signs in Hawley's correspondence for some of these offenses, though some external groups did have very quickly public answers setup after the launch of the Democrats' criticism against Hawley and Cruz.
Hawley sent a letter straight to the Democrats who registered the complaint against himaccusing them of embracing a"woke-mob mindset you ought to cancel anybody who disagrees with your views." He said that the accusation he and Cruz might have worked together with the insurrectionists had been"shamefully untrue. And you also know it to be ."
"In light of this shameful abuse of the integrity procedure you have intentionally engaged in, I have considered whether I need to call for one to step up or be expelled from the Senate," Hawley also stated. "However, I continue to think in the First Amendment, which the US Supreme Court has repeatedly stated shields 'offensive' and malicious language, such as yours"
He added:"I won't be intimidated by your own attempts to silence me, the people of my nation won't be intimidated by you, and you need to be ashamed to own so grossly mistreated your workplace along with the Senate."