The National Memo reports, ’Seditious Conspiracy’ Complaint Filed Against Three House Members In Capitol Riot:
An ethics complaint has been filed against three Republican members of Congress over their participation in events that led to the violent and deadly January 6 attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol.
Reps. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, and Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona are accused of “a seditious conspiracy to use force to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional and statutory duties to count the votes of the Electoral College,” by the Campaign for Accountability, a government ethics watchdog founded by two former members of CREW.
If the House Ethics Office finds any or all of the three Republicans violated federal law, the group is asking for them to be expelled.
Cawthorn spoke at President Trump’s January 6 rally (photo), barely hours before the armed insurrection.
“This crowd has some fight in it,” Cawthorn told Trump’s MAGA supporters. “The Democrats, with all the fraud they have done in this election, the Republicans hiding and not fighting, they are trying to silence your voice. Make no mistake about it, they do not want you to be heard.”
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Gosar and Biggs also bear significant responsibility, according to the lead organizer.
“Far-right activist Ali Alexander, who helped rally Trump’s supporters ahead of Congress’ electoral count, has claimed he planned a rally that preceded the riot with the support of Gosar and Biggs,” The Hill reports, citing an article in The Washington Post.
Democracy Docket adds, UPDATE: Watchdog Group Calls for Ethics Investigation into Conduct of Gosar, Biggs and Cawthorn:
WASHINGTON, D.C — Non-profit government watchdog group Campaign for Accountability filed an ethics complaint on Friday against Republican House Members Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) regarding their role in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. The complaint charges the three Members with “inciting a riot as part of a seditious conspiracy to use force to prevent Congress from carrying out its constitutional and statutory duties to count the votes of the Electoral College.”
“Representatives Gosar, Biggs and Cawthorn deliberately misled Trump supporters and actively encouraged them to believe they could stop the certification of the election results. Their words helped light the match, resulting in death and destruction at the US Capitol,” Campaign for Accountability Executive Director Michelle Kuppersmith said in a statement.
The group is asking the Office of Congressional Ethics to recommend expulsion of the three Members from the U.S. House of Representatives.