(TheFreedomFlag)- A few days after seven Democrats filed an ethics complaint against him, Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley has filed one back against them.
Seven Democrats filed the complaint against Hawley and Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz last week, seeking their “expulsion or censure” for their objection to the Electoral College results on January 6.
The objections happened right before, and after, the riots at the U.S. Capitol building.
Hawley first objected to the certification of votes in Arizona. Congress had to stop debate on that objection after the mob stormed the Capitol building. When the certification process resumed, Arizona eventually was certified. But then, later in the night, Hawley again objected — this time to the results in Pennsylvania.
In a letter sent to the Senate Ethics Committee, Hawley wrote the Democratic accusers “filed an unprecedently frivolous and improper ethics complaint against me and Senator Cruz.”
He said his objection to the Electoral College results was “a lawful process” that Democrats have done in previous election certifications. He also said “my objection rested on far more solid ground than the electoral college objections submitted by Democrat Members of Congress after the 2000, 2004 and 2016 elections.”
His letter continued:
“[B]y knowingly submitting a frivolous complaint to accomplish impermissible partisan purposes, these Senators have engaged in improper conduct that may reflect upon the Senate. The Committee should discipline these Members to ensure that the Senate’s ethics process is not weaponized for rank partisan purposes.”
In their ethics complaint filed last week, the Democratic senators said both Cruz and Hawley “lent legitimacy to President Trump’s false statements about election fraud,” and “continued to amplify the claims of fraud that they likely knew to be baseless and that had led to violence earlier that day.”
They further wrote that:
[B]y continuing to object to the electors after the insurrection, Senators Cruz and Hawley lent legitimacy to the mob’s cause.”
Not all Democrats are behind the seven who filed the ethics complaint. In fact, California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said:
“I think the Senate is a place of freedom, and people come here to speak their peace.”
In other words, Hawley and Cruz had every right to challenge the Electoral College results, per the Constitution. So, filing an ethics complaint against the two senators is not only meaningless, it is counterproductive to what the Senate says its aims are.
The seven Democrats who signed the ethics complaint are Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut), Tim Kaine (Virginia), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Ron Wyden (Oregon), Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island) and Tina Smith (Minnesota).
In addition to filing his own ethics complaint, Hawley sent a letter to these seven Democrats Monday that read:
“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 U.S. Supreme Court repeatedly said protects even ‘offensive’ and malicious speech, such as yours.”