In an open letter, a group of 36 former House members from both parties called for an ethics investigation into those members of Congress “who played a role” in the events that either led up to or occurred on the day of Jan. 6, 2021. In the letter, they argue that all those elected officials who were involved with the riot “must be held accountable.”
The letter was first shared with the Hill and is calling for sitting lawmakers in the House to “demand that the Office of Congressional Ethics thoroughly investigate” those members who were in any way linked to the Capitol riot.
In the letter, the ex-lawmakers write that it has become evident by now that the event on January 6th, was only one event in an extraordinary effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. They added that the scale of this overturning campaign is truly large and it is alarming to know that there were members of Congress willing to participate in it.
The letter does not call out which specific lawmakers need to be investigated, but it does reference a number of different allegations that have circulated through media reporting and link certain members to Jan. 6 through the House select committee’s investigation.
The following former lawmakers signed the letter:
Reps. John Barrow (D-Ga.), Steve Bartlett (R-Texas), Robert E. Bauman (R-Md.), Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), Lois Capps (D-Calif.), Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.), M. Robert Carr (D-Mich.), Rod Chandler (R-Wash.), Tom Coleman (R-Mo.), Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.), David F. Emery (R-Maine), Wayne Gilchrest (R-Md.), Paul Hodes (D-N.H.), Elizabeth Holtzman (D-N.Y.), Bob Inglis (R-S.C.), Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio), Mike Kopetski (D-Ore.), Larry LaRocco (D-Idaho), John LeBoutillier (R-N.Y.), Mel Levine (D-Calif.), Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Matthew F. McHugh (D-N.Y.), Glenn Nye (D-Va.), Thomas Perriello (D-Va.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), Scott Rigell (R-Va.), Claudine Schneider (R-R.I.), Philip Sharp (D-Ind.), Peter Smith (R-Vt.), Alan Steelman (R-Texas), Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), Peter G. Torkildsen (R-Mass.), David Trott (R-Mich.), James T. Walsh (R-N.Y.) and Joe Walsh (R-Ill.).