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Boebert’s alleged insurrection role will not be investigated by House ethics committee

By: - June 15, 2021 8:30 am

Rep. Lauren Boebert delivers a speech on the floor of the U.S. House minutes before an insurrection overran the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. (C-SPAN)

The U.S. House Committee on Ethics informed Rep. Lauren Boebert on Monday that it would not establish a subcommittee to investigate her alleged role in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to a letter from the Committee that Boebert released.

One of Boebert’s own colleagues, Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, had accused the Colorado Republican of “involvement in instigating and aiding the violent riot at the Capitol Building.”

The committee, comprising five Democrats and five Republicans and chaired by Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, informed Boebert that the committee voted on whether to establish an investigative subcommittee and “the motion failed.”

“The Committee will not further review the complaint,” the letter said.

“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,” Boebert said in a statement. “She represents the worst of the entrenched swamp creatures who waste taxpayer money on partisan crusades and endless investigations. Luckily, the House Committee on Ethics saw through Rep. Jayapal’s posturing and dismissed her ethics complaint.”

Jayapal in March filed complaints against Boebert as well as Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama and Paul Gosar of Arizona, accusing each of involvement in the insurrection. She filed complaints with the Office of Congressional Ethics in addition to the House ethics committee. The Office of Congressional Ethics has yet to comment on the status of the complaints in that office.

On Jan. 6, a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump overran security at the U.S. Capitol and stormed the building as members of Congress were certifying President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. Five people died during the insurrection, including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick.

On the morning of the attack, Boebert tweeted, “Today is 1776,” which many observers took to be an expression of support to Trump supporters seeking to overturn official election results. During a speech moments before the mob breached Capitol defenses, Boebert said, “I have constituents outside this building right now.” During the attack, as members of Congress fled to secure locations, some members accused Boebert of putting colleagues in danger, such as when she tweeted about the movements of Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “The Speaker has been removed from the chambers.”

Boebert later that evening voted to throw out Biden’s electoral wins in Arizona and Pennsylvania.

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