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Three House Democrats from Texas have called on party leaders in the US Senate in support of the expulsion of a member of their state’s Congress delegation, the Republican Sen Ted Cruz, for what they call “seditious” behavior in connection with the insurgent mob that overran the U S. Capitol on Jan6

Signed by representatives Veronica Escobar, Joaquin Castro and Sylvia Garcia – all from Texas – argued in a Friday letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer (who will soon be exchanging titles) that ” it is evident that Senator Cruz [President “repeated] Trump’s false electoral fraud claims for political gain went so far as to send a fundraiser during the armed conflict in the Capitol that held members of Congress, staff and journalists hostage for hours”

Together with Sen Josh Hawley, R-MoCruz led Republican efforts in the Senate to block certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory by making unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud – the same false claims made by Trump and those in the crowd who did the U had searched S. Capitol in an insurgent effort that killed five people, including a murdered Capitol policeman

Cruz’s behavior, Escobar said in a tweet that echoed the letter’s message, “was inflammatory and needs to be held accountable and expelled from the Senate”

The letter argues that “Cruz’s objection to the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris helped fuel the attack and believed a trial that had no chance of success and put us all at risk “

“In an effort to appease Donald Trump and his supporters,” Cruz continued, “Cruz encouraged these terrorists to wage an armed insurgency against America” ​​

The Texan legislators cite Article I, Section 5 of the US. The Constitution – which allows punishment, including expulsion, for “disorderly conduct” of a member – argues that Schumer and McConnell have the authority to institute such a process for Cruz

On Saturday, Sen Joe Manchin, D-WVWidely regarded as the most conservative member of the Democratic caucus, the appeal to the 14th Amendment “should be a consideration” when it comes to both Cruz and Hawley

Section 3 of the 14 Change says that no US. Legislators in office “must have participated in, or have given aid or comfort to their enemies, insurrection or rebellion against them. However, Congress may remove this obstruction by a vote of two-thirds of each House”

While Manchin says he “gets on well” with Cruz, “what he did was completely outside of our responsibilities or our privileges”

Progressives have consistently called for both Hawley and Cruz to resign or be removed since last week’s attack

“There can be no normalization or looking away from what has been going on before our eyes,” Sen said Patty Murray, the third largest Democrat in the Senate, said last week when she urged both Cruz and Hawley to step down

“The violent mob that attacked the Capitol was made up of people who do not accept democracy and want to conquer this country by force,” she said, “Any senator who stands up and supports the power of power over the power of democracy , has broken his oath of office “

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