Democratic aides told The Hill that some Democratic senators are discussing the possibility of censuring Cruz for incitement.
Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, facing waning support from longtime backers and donors in the wake of the attack at the U.S. Capitol last week, defended himself in a newspaper column Wednesday, accusing the media and "Washington establishment" of deceiving Americans into calling him an "insurrectionist".
Hallmark's move comes after both senators claimed the Electoral Results were set up to name President-elect Joe Biden the victor of the 2020 Presidential Election.
Cruz's communications director, Lauren Blair Bianchi, resigned in response to Cruz's efforts to overturn the election result, Punchbowl News reported on Tuesday.
Also on Wednesday, small crowds gathered at Hawley's offices in Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis and Columbia in what was dubbed a statewide "Funeral for Democracy".
A Senate censure would require a two-thirds majority in favor in the Senate which appears unlikely because no GOP senators have come out in favor of such a move. While a censure would not result in the expulsion of a senator, it represents a formal statement of disapproval from their colleagues, which could prove damaging to the senator's political ambitions. Democratic Sen. Whitehouse has also called for Cruz, Hawley, and Republican Sen.
Both Sens. Hawley and Cruz have always been considered likely contenders for the GOP nomination in 2024. Companies have begun scrambling to disavow their support for lawmakers who voted against certification after evidence-challenged claims that the presidential race was fraudulent helped fuel a deadly riot at the Capitol last week.
Neither company called out lawmakers of any one party, but only Republican lawmakers objected in last week's vote to certify the presidential election. "Because of massive potential conflict of interest, Senators Cruz, Hawley, and Johnson (at least) need to be off all relevant committees", Whitehouse added.
Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, went further, suggesting Cruz could be put on the no-fly list maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, created to prevent terrorists and terrorism suspects from boarding United States flights.
"There's no exemption for being put on the no-fly list", Thompson said in an interview with SiriusXM's The Joe Madison Show.
Thompson went on to say, "Even a member of Congress that commits a crime, you know, they expel from the body". There are ethics charges that can be brought against those individuals. "What Hawley did and what Cruz did was terrible".