A group of Democrats have filed an ethics complaint against Sen Josh Hawley and Sen Ted Cruz. Those Democratic Senators include Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). These same Democrats never considered filing ethics complaints against any Democrat who did exactly the same in 2001, 2005 and 2017.
In 2001, Maxine Waters objected to the election of George W Bush. In 2005 Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, and then-Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif objected and in 2017 it was radical Rep Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. None of them were charged with ethics complaints. And for good reason. The law gives members of congress the right to object to the electoral vote.
Objecting to the Counting of One or More
Provisions in 3 U.S.C. §15 include a procedure for making and acting on objections to the
counting of one or more of the electoral votes from a state or the District of Columbia. When the
certificate or equivalent paper from each state (or the District of Columbia) is read, “the President
of the Senate shall call for objections, if any.”
Any such objection must be presented in writing and must be signed by at least one Senator and one Representative. The objection “shall state
clearly and concisely, and without argument, the ground thereof. ” During the joint session of
January 6, 2001, the presiding officer intervened on several occasions to halt attempts to make
speeches under the guise of offering an objection.
Hawley then decided that he had a complaint against the Democrats who failed to recognize his right of free speech or the law allowing members of congress to object to electoral results.
Hawley wrote in his ethics complaint:
In light of the shameful abuse of the ethics process you have deliberately engaged in, I have considered whether I should call for you to resign or be expelled from the Senate. But I continue to believe in the First Amendment, which the US Supreme Court has repeatedly said protects even “offensive” and malicious speech, such as yours.
The First Amendment does not, however, give you carte blanche to abuse the Senate ethics process. I have today filed a complaint with the ethics committee that details your deliberate and partisan abuse of this process, including your apparent coordination with various dark money groups, and requests that you be appropriately disciplined.
Hawley asked the ethics committee if:
- Coordinated with the Never Trump organization the Lincoln Project, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), MoveOn, Voto Latino, the Sierra Club, and other outside organizations.
- Coordinated with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the Joe Biden administration, and other members of Democrat leadership.
- Coordinated with lobbyists for corporations urging the suspension of those corporations’ political contributions.
- Hawley asks that the Democratic Senators be punished for using the ethics process to be weaponized against anyone that disagrees with them and to assure they refrain from doing so in the future.