Senior Democrat says Hawley, Cruz should step down from Judiciary

Posted 14 days ago


Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the incoming Senate president pro tempore, says that Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) should step down from the Senate Judiciary Committee while federal officials investigate the storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob last week.

“Both of them wanted to subvert the will of the people, wanted to tell the whole world and the United States that we did not have an honest election. I can’t imagine any senator doing that and then serving on Judiciary,” Leahy said.

Leahy is a former chairman of the Judiciary panel and is the Democrat who currently has served the longest time on the panel.

The senior Democrat made his comment after Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) called for both GOP senators to be taken off the panel, citing potential conflicts of interest as the Department of Justice investigates the causes of riots on Capitol Hill last week that resulted in the death of a police officer.

Whitehouse said Monday that a security review of last week’s events would have to be investigated and that the Judiciary, Hom... (Read more)