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The House Ethics Committee has finally cleared Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert.
The committee has announced that it will not investigate a claim from Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who baselessly accused Boebert of helping instigate the Jan. 6 mayhem at the U.S. Capitol.
In a letter to Boebert, Chairman Ted Deutch and ranking member Jackie Walorski 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.”
Jayapal, a far-left Democrat from Washington, sent letters of complaints to the House Committee on Ethics and Office of Congressional Ethics against Boebert and fellow GOP Reps. Mo Brooks of Alabama and Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona on March 10.
She demanded an investigation “for their involvement in instigating and aiding the deadly attack at the Capitol that took place on January 6.”
Boebert wasted little time hitting back at the witch hunt.
“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 said.
She added: “Luckily, the House Committee on Ethics saw through Rep. Jayapal’s posturing and dismissed her ethics complaint.”
JUST IN: House Ethics Committee dismisses Jan. 6 complaint against Rep. Lauren Boebert https://t.co/pHUtHninEg
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) June 15, 2021
Back in late May, the U.S. Senate failed to reach the 60 votes necessary to advance a bill creating a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol mayhem.
In a vote of 54 – 35, the measure was the first legislative filibuster of the Biden presidency.
Six Republicans broke ranks to join every Democrat in favor.
The six Republicans who voted in favor of the commission were Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (Utah), and Ben Sasse (Neb.).
Nine Republicans skipped vote:
Two Dems skipped vote:
– Sinema, per @morgan_rimmer
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 28, 2021
“The Department of Justice is deep into a massive criminal investigation,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
“I do not believe the additional, extraneous ‘commission’ that Democratic leaders want would uncover crucial new facts or promote healing. Frankly, I do not believe it is even designed to,” McConnell added.
Murkowski blasted McConnell for refusing to back the commission, accusing the leader of her party of putting “short-term political gain” over finding out the truth about the deadly insurrection.
Cassidy said in a statement after voting in favor of advancing the bill: “The investigations will happen with or without Republicans. To ensure the investigations are fair, impartial, and focused on the facts, Republicans need to be involved.”