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Top Missouri Newspaper Calls On Senate to Investigate Josh Hawley Over Jan 6th

Top Missouri Newspaper Calls On Senate to Investigate Josh Hawley Over Jan 6th

The editorial board of the St Louis Post-Dispatch is calling on the U.S. Senate Ethics Panel to investigate Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) over any possible involvement he may have had in the Jan 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Already not the paper’s favorite guy–they’ve torched him over local as well as national issues before–the Sunday editorial ramps up their calls for an investigation into the infamous fist-pumping Hawley’s possible involvement in helping plan the attack on the Capitol that followed Trump’s rally at the Ellipse.

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The board writes: “Ten months after a group of Senate Democrats lodged ethics complaints into the conduct of Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas regarding their roles in sparking the January 6th attack on the Capitol, the Senate Ethics Committee has shown no sign of movement.,” with the editors saying it is “long past time” to take a hard look at both Republican senators.

“Jan. 6 wasn’t a fantasy; it was real, and the culpability of these two senators must be determined,” they wrote. “Hawley and Cruz were the only two senators to object to the certification of Joe Biden’s clear victory in the 2020 election results, citing (with zero evidence) supposed concerns about the election’s integrity. That was the same baseless, toxic nonsense then-President Donald Trump had been spewing since before the election. Such talk whipped up the mob of Trump loyalists to attack the Capitol on January 6th.”

The editorial continues: “Even after the violence, he persisted in voting with just five other senators to continue promoting Trump’s big lie that Biden’s win was illegitimate,” the editors write. “If he had an ounce of honor, he’d have heeded our January 7th call for his resignation (we certainly weren’t alone on that). But at this point, why even talk about honor?”

“Just because there’s a mechanism in place allowing senators to object to election results doesn’t mean it’s OK for Hawley to abuse that process for crass political gain,” the editorial scolds. “Hawley and Cruz have the right to defend themselves from the allegations — but so far, they haven’t even had to. The Ethics Committee should stop sitting on this.”


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