WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for the resignation of Republican Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas.
Brown made the demand in a Twitter post on Saturday evening in which he said the Republican senators had "betrayed their oaths of office and abetted a violent insurrection on our democracy. I'm calling for their immediate resignation."
He added if they do not resign, the Senate "must" expel them.
Hawley and Cruz both embraced President Donald Trump's unproven assertion that there was widespread election fraud in the 2020 presidential election. They both supported opposing the certification of votes in Pennsylvania and Arizona, respectively.
Both men were attempting to slow or stop the certification of electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden, a process that was happening when Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday.
Brown, along with many other mostly Democratic Senators and Congresspeople, has also been vocal about holding Trump accountable for the role they say he played in Wednesday's violence.
Senator Brown has called on President Trump to resign or for congress to impeach and remove him from office.
"This isn’t really to punish the president or for vengeance. This is to stop what could happen to our national security in the next 12 days. If we don’t act, there’s no telling what this president will do next," said Brown, speaking to WKYC.