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Malinowski leads group calling for Congress to reconvene to ‘reckon with the assault on our democracy’

Kim, Sires, Payne sign letter that includes 58 other Members of Congress

By David Wildstein, January 07 2021 7:43 pm

Four New Jersey congressmen are among a group of 62 Members of Congress asking the House Democratic leadership to immediately reconvene the U.S. House of Representatives to “reckon with the assault on our democracy that we experienced on January 6th.”

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) was among the leaders of a group that includes Reps. Andy Kim (D-Moorestown), Albio Sires (D-West New York) and Donald Payne (D-Newark).

The House members said a reconvened House could consider whether President Donald Trump should be “censured or impeached for encouraging a violent attack on the United States Congress, as well as Representative (Jamie) Raskin’s proposal that Congress appoint a body, as provided by the 25th Amendment, to determine whether the President is fit to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

“That assault is not over. The insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol, while conducting similar well telegraphed actions across the country, have made clear that they feel emboldened by yesterday’s shameful events,” the House members wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior leadership members. “President Trump continues to spread the lies that inspired the attackers and said after the assault that this is ‘only the beginning.’”

The letter suggested that Congress could consider a censure resolution filed earlier this week against Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) for inciting violence.  Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Florida) proposed the censure after Gohmert gave a TV interview suggesting that “you’ve got to go to the streets after his lawsuit to overturn the 2020 election was rejected by a federal judge.

Malinowski has proposed asking the Members of Congress to affirm that those elected from “so-called ‘contested’ states were freely and fairly elected.”

The representatives also suggested consideration of a plan to establish a Select Committee on Violent Domestic Extremism “to address the full implications of a threat to our safety and democracy that has not been taken seriously enough, and how to fight it through better law enforcement, pressure on or regulation of social media, and international cooperation.”

“While we should take pride in finishing the work of certifying the presidential election and demonstrating to the world that Congress cannot be intimidated, this is not enough,” Malinowski, Kim, Sires and Payne said, along with 58 other Members of Congress. “We should show the American people that Congress is continuing to meet its responsibilities in the face of extraordinary threats, including by strengthening our nation’s defenses against these threats and by holding accountable those who enable them.”

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