Senate Ethics Committee Probing Whether Donald Trump’s Insurrection Had Inside Help

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) suspects that Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) may have been colluding with former President Donald Trump to stop the congressional certification of the Electoral College, which was disrupted during the January 6th siege on the United States Capitol.

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On Wednesday’s edition of The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell, host Lawrence O’Donnell asked Whitehouse if Cruz, Hawley, and Tuberville were aiding the insurrectionists from the inside:

It seems Donald Trump was educating his crowds about who was on their side and who wasn’t. Ted Cruz was out there, especially on the Senate campaign in Georgia, in front of those kinds of crowds, being very clearly on Donald Trump’s side and trying to reverse these true votes. Did you have a feeling that there were some Republican members of the Senate, highly recognizable like Senator Cruz, possibly Senator Hawley, who are sitting there in the senate, never having felt threatened by this crowd at all, at any moment, because they knew that that crowd knew that they were on their side?

Whitehouse said that the Senate Ethics Committee is investigating whether Trump had help delaying the count from within the Senate so that the mob would have a better chance of intercepting lawmakers, many of whom were targeted for assassination:

Well, what I think of with them is, we’re still looking at what their role was in all of this. We’ve made the referral to the ethics commission, ethics committee. The ethics committee is gonna have its look. But when you look at the evidence today about the president’s call to Senator Tuberville, asking him to delay the proceedings, to add objections, to spread it out, you could see that it’s like a pinscher move. On one hand, you’re getting your mob up to the Capitol, to do this damage and disrupt the counting of the electoral votes, but at the same time, you’ve got to open the window of time during which those electoral votes are counted in order to allow the mob to have its effect, to actually do the damage, to perhaps catch someone. But at a minimum to be able to disrupt.

Whitehouse’s theory is admittedly disturbing:

If this thing had gone smoothly and orderly, without objection, we might have been done by the time the mob had reached the Capitol. So there’s a possibility of there having been some connivance between those who tried to create the delay and that being used to open a window long enough that the mob could fight its way in and disrupt the count.

Thus, Whitehouse intends to uncover why Trump called Tuberville during the attack:

So, all of that remains to be seen, but it struck me that when the president called Senator Tuberville for that specific purpose, that could easily have been a similar call to another kind.

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