Boebert House debate

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., speaks in support of an objection to counting the electoral votes for president submitted by Arizona on the House floor on Jan. 6, 2020.

The House Ethics Committee will not investigate a claim from the co-chair of the Progressive Caucus that Rep. Lauren Boebert helped instigate the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

In a letter the Colorado Republican made public on Monday, Chairman Ted Deutch, Democrat of Florida, and ranking member Jackie Walorski, Republican of Indiana, stated, "In accord with Committee Rule 26(k), we hereby notify you that the motion failed, and an investigative subcommittee was not established."

The members added, "Because Committee Rule 16 provides for no specific further action, the Committee will not further review the complaint."

This comes after Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Democrat, sent letters of complaints to the House Committee on Ethics and Office of Congressional Ethics against Boebert and fellow Republican Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama and Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona on March 10. The complaint sought an investigation "for their involvement in instigating and aiding the deadly attack at the Capitol that took place on January 6."

After the events of Jan. 6, some Democrats accused Republican lawmakers of giving the Capitol rioters "reconnaissance tours" the day before the breach. However, Republicans denied these tours occurred.

"I would love to see how many taxpayer dollars Rep. Jayapal wasted on this ridiculous ethics complaint rehashing leftist media talking points and offering no real substance. She represents the worst of the entrenched swamp creatures who waste taxpayer money on partisan crusades and endless investigations," Boebert, a first-term lawmaker, said in a statement. "Luckily, the House Committee on Ethics saw through Rep. Jayapal's posturing and dismissed her ethics complaint."

Boebert's statement comes in tandem with an ethics complaint made by Illinois Republican Rep. Rodney Davis in May, in which he accused Rep. Mikie Sherrill and dozens of other Democrats of "making false, spurious and unsubstantiated accusations against GOP lawmakers."


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