Rep. Jayapal Calls For Investigation Of House Members For Involvement In Capitol Attacks

Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) called on the House Committee on Ethics and the Office of Congressional Ethics to launch investigations into U.S. Representatives Lauren Boebert (CO-03), Mo Brooks (AL-05), and Paul Gosar (AZ-04) for their involvement in instigating and aiding the deadly attack at the Capitol that took place on January 6.

“It is critical for the functioning of Congress — and therefore the functioning of our democracy — that this investigation is conducted,” wrote Congresswoman Jayapal. “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.”

The letters — written to House Committee on Ethics Chairman Theodore Deutch, House Committee on Ethics Ranking Member Jackie Walorski, Office of Congressional Ethics Chairman David Skaggs, and Office of Congressional Ethics Co-Chairman Paul Vinovich — outline how the three Republicans played active roles in pursuing a disinformation campaign, encouraging the insurrection, and falsely insisting that the 2020 election had been stolen.

The letters also urge the Committee to investigate whether the lawmakers’ conduct violated other applicable standards, provisions, or federal law statutes.

“It’s clear what I believe to be clear violation of our ethical standards and our responsibilities as members of Congress. That is what the House Ethics Committee can look at,” Jaypal said in an interview with CNN. “But I also think that there are other pieces here that are even beyond just service in the House that are federal statutes. And so that’s why we asked for the referrals to the Department of Justice.”

While investigations into the January 6 continue, Jayapal fears her Republican colleagues have not been held accountable for the role they played.
“These three members seem to be emboldened by the fact that there hasn’t been really any accountability for them. There hasn’t been any accountability at all,” Jayapal said. “And that is unacceptable I think and that’s why I’m asking for these investigations.”


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