Pramila Jayapal Says Lauren Boebert, Paul Gosar and Mo Brooks Were 'Aiding' Rioters, Wants Investigation

Representative Pramila Jayapal on Wednesday called for investigations into three of her Republican colleagues for their alleged roles in "instigating and aiding" the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6.

Jayapal, a Democrat who represents Washington state's 7th District, said investigations into Representatives Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama are "critical" to the "functioning of Congress" and of democracy. She called upon the House Committee on Ethics and the Office of Congressional Ethics to conduct the investigations and report their findings to the U.S. Department of Justice.

"It is critical for the functioning of Congress — and therefore the functioning of our democracy — that this investigation is conducted," Jayapal said in a Wednesday news release.

The riot at the U.S. Capitol began as both chambers of Congress congregated in Washington, D.C., to certify the results of the 2020 election. Several Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate were set to contest the election results in key battleground states that the then-Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, won. During a "Save America" rally held nearby, protesters marched to the Capitol, and some later broke into the building. The violence that ensued sent members of Congress into lockdown and resulted in the deaths of four civilians and one Capitol Police officer.

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Wednesday called for investigations into three members of Congress for their alleged involvement in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. In the photo above, one of those three members—Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama—reads an objection to the counting of the certificate of vote from the state of Nevada during a joint session of Congress after the session resumed following protests at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., early on January 7, 2021. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

Jayapal detailed the allegations behind the investigation requests for Boebert, Gosar and Brooks in three separate letters addressed to the chairs of the House committee and Office of Congressional Management. In each letter, Jayapal reiterated her statement that the investigations were essential to the continued functioning of Congress.

Boebert, a Republican who began representing Colorado's 3rd District after winning her first congressional election last November, allegedly put her colleagues' lives in danger and "pursued a disinformation campaign" about the 2020 election, Jayapal wrote. In addition to Boebert's use of phrases on social media that Jayapal said copied that of the protesters who breached the Capitol, Jayapal alleged that Boebert broadcast the location of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Twitter as the riot was underway.

Jayapal alleged that Brooks, who represents Alabama's 5th District, also shared information about Pelosi's whereabouts during the riot. In the days following, Jayapal alleged that Brooks "continued to suggest violence" on social media and reiterated the points he made during a speech he delivered at the rally before the riot began.

In her letters requesting investigations into Gosar, the representative for Arizona's 4th District, Jayapal referenced Gosar's repeated allegations of widespread voter fraud leading up to the election certification on January 6. Gosar "urged supporters to take action against election certification, repeatedly insisting that the election had been stolen and participating in rallies alleging voter fraud," Jayapal wrote.

Jayapal's letter also cited a tweet Gosar shared ahead of the "Save America" rally, which encouraged attendees to "#FightforTrump," and alleged that the congressman has "maintained relationships with far-right extremist groups."

"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 said in the Wednesday release.

Newsweek reached out to Boebert, Gosar and Brooks for comment but did not receive responses in time for publication.