On Monday. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, stated that Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) could be placed on the no-fly list if they are held accountable for inciting last week’s violent protests at the U.S. Capitol.
“There’s no exemption for being put on the no-fly list,” Thompson said in an interview with SiriusXM’s The Joe Madison Show. “Even a member of Congress that commits a crime, you know, they expel from the body.”
“There are ethics charges that can be brought against those individuals,” Thompson added. “And people are looking at all this. What Hawley did and what Cruz did was horrible.”
Thompson was slammed on social media, some saying that he “should be ashamed” for making the statement regarding Senators Cruz and Hawley.
“I am not ashamed. However, they should be,” he replied.
I am not ashamed. However, they should be. https://t.co/yvqkgfzcpy
— Bennie G. Thompson (@BennieGThompson) January 11, 2021
Democrats have increasingly criticized Senators Cruz and Hawley for objecting to the 2020 presidential election. Senators Cruz and Hawley have been accused of inciting the violent protests that happen during the certification of the electoral votes. Both Senators have since condemned the protests and have called for peace.
Senate Democrats are now discussing censuring Senators Cruz and Hawley over the U.S. Capitol violent protests.
In a statement, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) wrote: “Because Congress has protections from the Department of Justice under separation of powers, specifically the Speech and Debate Clause, significant investigation will need to be done in the Senate. Because of massive potential conflict of interest, Senators Cruz, Hawley, and Johnson (at least) need to be off all relevant committees reviewing this matter until the investigation of their role is complete.”