Ever since pro-Trump supporters rioted and stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a larger debate has been raging: Should the political figures who supported and empowered them face federal criminal charges for their actions, which have so far cost five people their lives?
According to noted historian Michael Beschloss, Donald Trump may well face charges for his incendiary speech and tweets on the day of the rioting, but Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) could wind up being expelled from Congress under a section of the U.S. Constitution which calls for such.
Appearing on MSNBC recently, Beschloss noted that there remain many unanswered questions about what transpired on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.:
“The other questions linger. Was this an assassination attempt against the vice president, against the speaker of the House, others in the line of succession to Donald Trump? Were these people trying to steal those mahogany boxes? Was this a coup attempt? Why did law enforcement allow this terrorist mob to get into the capitol and were there ties between this effort and a foreign government? All those are big questions, we now have to refer them to the courts, to Congress and to the next president of the United States, maybe a commission.”
A blue ribbon commission might be a good idea, and it’s something Congress should consider, if only to help better plan for such an eventuality in the future and put more stringent security measures in place.
And then Beschloss moved on to another decision Congress may have to make: To expel members who were complicit in what happened:
“And one more thing, if I might add to this, 14th Amendment of the Constitution says if you’re a member of Congress — senator or representative — and you have aided an insurrection, you can’t sit in Congress. As far as I’m concerned that may well define Josh Hawley, Ted Cruz, others involved with this. Congress is going to look very hard at these people and say, ‘Are they allowed to continue in Congress under our Constitution?'”
Cruz and Hawley — along with others in Congress such as Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) — have dishonored themselves and their colleagues with their words and actions. They should have to pay for what they’ve done. If nothing else, they should forever be shunned by their colleagues and made to feel the full humiliation for what they’ve done.
Here’s Michael Beschloss on MSNBC: