The Hill reported on Monday that Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) was filing a counter-complaint against seven Democratic senators who asked the Ethics Committee to open an investigation into him.
Hawley sent a letter on Monday to Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) arguing that the seven senators who submitted an ethics complaint against Hawley and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) last week issued a "frivolous complaint to accomplish impermissible partisan purposes."
"These Senators have engaged in improper conduct that may reflect upon the Senate. The Committee should discipline these Members to ensure that the Senate’s ethics process is not weaponized for rank partisan purposes," he added.
Hawley's pushback comes as he faces fierce criticism for his actions on Jan. 6 — including calls for him to resign or be expelled from the Senate — after he and Cruz led the challenges against Pennsylvania's and Arizona's election results, respectively.
Hawley has stood by his decision to challenge President Joe Biden’s win in Pennsylvania, The Hill noted, but has denounced the violence at the Capitol.
Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Tina Smith (Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Tim Kaine (Va.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio) last week sent a complaint to the Ethics Committee asking that it investigate Hawley and Cruz and "offer recommendations for strong disciplinary action, including up to expulsion or censure, if warranted by the facts uncovered.”