Representative David Cicilline (DR.I.) on Friday began asking fellow Democrats to sign a resolution to censor three House Republicans who tried this week to downplay the seriousness of the Jan.6 insurgency.
In a letter to fellow House Democrats, Cicillin said a resolution would be forthcoming to specifically censor Republican representatives Andrew Clyde (Georgia), Jody Hice (Georgia) and Paul Gosar (Arizona) for their remarks during ‘House surveillance and Wednesday, the reform committee intends to downplay and make false statements about the violent attack on the Capitol.
“These three members dangerously misinterpreted what happened that day and showed more sympathy for the domestic terrorists than for the Capitol policemen who died during the attack,” Cicilline wrote.
ADVERTISEMENT “Members who declared January 6 ‘not an insurgency’ and undermined the damage that had been done are placing their own political agendas above their country. Our democratic institutions – a conscious decision and nefarious that calls into question their dedication to their role as representatives, ”Cicillin wrote.
Cicillin also made his case by noting the expulsion of 17 members of Congress – 14 senators and three members of the House – during the Civil War for “disloyalty to the United States.” Another member of the House has been blamed for supporting the recognition of Confederation.
“This body has taken steps to hold disloyal members accountable for undermining our democracy and violating the oath they took to defend and protect the constitution. The same is true today. We cannot allow that. this abominable distortion goes unchecked, ”Cicillin wrote.
During Wednesday’s watch hearing on the federal and local response to the January 6 insurgency, several Republicans repeatedly tried to downplay the violence and former President Trump’s role by inciting a crowd of his supporters trying to forcibly prevent Congress from certifying President Biden.