Seven senators have filed an official ethics complaint and requested an investigation into Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) because of their conduct surrounding the January 6th Capitol riots.

The senators filing the complaint specifically asked if Cruz and Hawley’s objection to the certification of the Electoral College constitutes a violation of ethics rules.

“The Senate Ethics Committee should investigate their conduct to fully understand their role. The actions of which we know demand an investigation and a determination whether disciplinary action is warranted. Until then, a cloud of uncertainty will hang over them and over this body,” the senators wrote.

Hawley responded bitterly to the request for an ethics probe. “This latest effort is a flagrant abuse of the Senate ethics process and a flagrant attempt to exact partisan revenge,” he said. Hawley maintained his objection to the certification even after the rioters stormed the Capitol building. 

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The senators who asked for the investigation recommend “strong disciplinary action, including up to expulsion or censure, if warranted by the facts uncovered.”

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