Representative David Cicilline (DR.I.) wrote a letter to fellow lawmakers arguing that a resolution will soon be censored to censor three House Republicans for the role they played in downplaying the seriousness of the Jan.6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.
The resolution would censor Republican representatives Andrew Clyde (Georgia), Jody I did (Ga.), And Paul Gosar (Ariz.) For remarks they made at Wednesday’s House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the event.
“These three members dangerously misinterpreted what happened that day and showed more sympathy for the domestic terrorists than the Capitol Police officers who died in the attack,” Cicilline wrote.
“Members who have declared January 6 ‘not an insurgency’ and undermined the damage that has been done are putting their own political agendas above their country. In so doing, they recklessly ignored the future harm they could cause by legitimizing a violent attack on our democratic institutions – a conscious and damaging move that calls into question their dedication to their role as representatives, ”he added, arguing that the expulsion of 17 members of Congress during the Civil War offered sufficient precedent to censor the aforementioned Republicans for their behavior.
“This body has taken action to hold disloyal members accountable for undermining our democracy and violating their oath to defend and protect the constitution. The same is true today. We cannot allow this abominable distortion to go unchecked, ”he wrote.
Clyde stirred up controversy when he said the footage of rioters storming the Capitol looked like “a normal tourist visit. Hice claimed that “it was the Trump supporters who lost their lives that day, not the Trump supporters who took the lives of other people” despite the fact that several members of the Capitol Police were seriously injured, one of whom later died as a result of the attack. Gosar also pointed out that Constable Brian Sicknick, who died the evening after the attack, died of “natural causes”, citing reports that he suffered a stroke after sustaining injuries.