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2022 U.S. Senate Candidates Vote to Impede Jan. 6 Committee Investigation

Ted Budd, Vicky Hartzler, and Billy Long each voted against supporting the Jan. 6 Committee’s investigation — just the latest time they’ve put partisanship ahead of the rule of law

Putting partisan politics ahead of the rule of law, U.S. House members and 2022 Senate candidates Ted Budd, Vicky Hartzler, and Billy Long today voted to impede the House’s investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, siding with House Republicans in voting against holding Trump ally Steve Bannon in contempt for defying a congressional subpoena.

“Defending the Jan. 6 insurrection and trying to overturn the 2020 election may fly in a GOP primary, but it will be politically toxic in a general election, and we’re going to hold these Republicans accountable for trying to undermine voters and trample the democratic process,” said Brad Bainum, American Bridge 21st Century spokesperson.

According to Politico,

House investigators view Bannon’s testimony as crucial to understanding Trump’s intense focus on Congress’ Jan. 6 session to certify Joe Biden’s electoral college victory. In particular, they’re betting a Bannon-Trump conversation on Dec. 30 and Bannon’s Jan. 5 meeting with other figures of interest at D.C.’s Willard Hotel hold clues to Trump’s awareness of the prospect for Jan. 6 violence.”

Like Trump and Bannon, Budd, Hartzler, and Long have each backed efforts to overturn the 2020 election:

  • Budd, who has Trump’s endorsement in North Carolina’s GOP US Senate primary, has previously downplayed the violent Capitol insurrectionfalsely claiming“It was nothing. It was just patriots standing up.”
  • And Budd, Hartzler, and Long were each among the 147 congressional Republicans who voted to overturn the 2022 election.

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