Wyden among senators calling for Cruz, Hawley to resign
Jan. 8, 2021
By Alexander Bolton, The Hill
Multiple Democratic senators are calling on Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to resign because of their roles in objecting to the certification of Joe Biden’s election.
Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the incoming chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, became the second Senate Democrat on Friday to urge the GOP lawmakers to step down.
“Every member of the Senate takes a sacred oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Upholding that oath is a matter of conscience. The behavior of President Trump and Senators Hawley and Cruz culminating in the assault on the seat of our democracy shocks that conscience,” Wyden said in a statement.
Wyden said: “Any senator exhorting such an assault violates their sworn oath and is unworthy of holding federal office.”
He said “there must be consequences for senators who would foment a violent mob for personal gain.”
“I call on Sens. Hawley and Cruz to resign and accept the responsibility which they so clearly bear,” he said.
Wyden’s statement came shortly after Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the No. 3-ranking Senate Democrat, called for Cruz and Hawley to step down for challenging the validity of Biden’s victory.
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