Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz Should Face Censure at 'Bare Minimum': Bob Casey

Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) has said Republicans Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz should face censure as a "bare minimum" in response to their actions surrounding the violence of January 6.

Sen. Hawley of Missouri and Sen. Cruz from Texas are facing a probe from the Senate Ethics Committee, with questions around their conduct ahead of the Capitol riot and their opposition to the Electoral College results.

"I think at a minimum, at a minimum, they should be censured," Casey told CNN.

"In the history of the United States Senate, there's been just a handful of times where there's been censures. And if you read the most recent ones from the last couple of decades, the censure frankly in those instances was for offences or infractions that were a lot less severe than I think both senators engaged in.

"At the bare minimum, there should be a censure of both those senators."

Both Hawley and Cruz objected to Electoral College results when Congress convened on January 6 to certify the victory of President Joe Biden.

A group of Democratic senators said the pair had "amplified claims of election fraud that had resulted in threats of violence against state and local officials around the country," in a letter requesting the ethics probe.

Dem Sen. Bob Casey says "at a minimum" GOP Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz "should be censured."

Hawley and Cruz are facing an ethics complaint filed by Dems to investigate how their objections to the Electoral College votes on January 6 may have contributed to the Capitol riot.

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Hawley has criticized the Democrats behind the ethics investigation, saying it was a "transparent attempt" to "to punish a political opponent for the entirely lawful representation of their constituents." He called for a counter-probe into the lawmakers.

The Missouri senator, who was photographed saluting pro-Trump protesters with a raised fist hours before a mob stormed the Capitol on January 6, has rejected suggestions that he incited the violence that led to the deaths of five people. He said he was representing the views of constituents in calling for investigations into election integrity.

Cruz has made similar comments, saying he felt he was fulfilling his duty as a senator.

"What I was doing and what the other senators were doing is what we were elected to do, which is debating matters of great import in the chamber of the United States Senate," he has said, according to television station KSDK.

The pair have also faced calls to resign, although have both pushed back against their critics.

Former President Donald Trump and his allies repeatedly claimed that November's presidential election was tainted by widespread fraud. There is no evidence of such irregularities.

Newsweek has contacted the offices of Casey, Cruz and Hawley for comment.

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Ted Cruz of Texas speaks with Josh Hawley of Missouri during a joint session of Congress on January 6. The two Republican senators have faced criticism since the storming of the Capitol. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images