Over 150 Republican members of the House of Representatives backed Donald Trump’s election lies. Some of those congresspeople, though, were more involved in the fight than others.Lauren Boebert, Paul Gosar and Mo Brooks pushed the lie more than any of their counterparts. And now, Rep. Pramila Jayapal is calling for their actions in the days leading up to the Capitol insurrection to be investigated.
The Washington Democrat wrote a series of letters to the House Ethics Committee and Office of Congressional Ethics. She began, “It is critical for the functioning of Congress—and therefore the functioning of our democracy—that this investigation is conducted. I urge the House Committee on Ethics and the Office of Congressional Ethics to thoroughly investigate Representatives Boebert, Brooks, and Gosar’s conduct, and refer any appropriate findings to the Department of Justice.”
Jayapal continued, “Five minutes after insurrectionists first breached the Capitol, Representative Boebert tweeted from inside the House chamber, ‘We were locked in the House chambers’ at 2:17 pm. She (Boebert) then tweeted a minute later, ‘Speaker has been removed from the chambers.’ She was one of only two members, the other being Representative Mo Brooks (Ala.), who tweeted the location of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”
The Senate will soon decide whether to convict Donald Trump.
Today, I wanted to share with you my personal experience of the insurrection that he incited. I went to work on January 6th to fulfill my constitutional duty—but during the attack, I didn't know if I would live or die. pic.twitter.com/c7LiBffn2Y
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) February 13, 2021
The congresswoman closed, “The House Ethics Committee and the Office of Ethics will be able to look at all of the evidence and make a determination on the conduct of these individuals. Having people who say the things that have been said, who go to the kinds of events that they go to, promote the ideas and conspiracy theories that they promote is dangerous for all of Congress.”
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