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Matt Gaetz introduces resolution to censure Jan. 6 Committee Chair Bennie Thompson

If Gaetz's resolution passes, Thompson would be removed from the House Homeland Security Committee.

Published: June 7, 2023 12:58pm

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz on Wednesday introduced a resolution to censure Missouri Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson over his work leading the Jan. 6 Committee on the U.S. Capitol riot. 

The House Judiciary Committee is unable to determine which records the Jan. 6 committee "kept or destroyed before Republicans took control of the House," Gaetz said.

"Former Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, in a flagrant violation of House rules, improperly sent the records to the Biden White House and outside the rightful possession of Congress," Gaetz also said.

The most recent member of Congress to be censured was Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar after he posted a cartoon video online showing him hitting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and attacking a photo of President Joe Biden.

If Gaetz's resolution passes, Thompson also would be removed from the House Homeland Security Committee.

Gaetz is not the only Republican to criticize the Democrat's handling of materials surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. Texas Republican Rep. Troy Nehls earlier this week said the committee presented "nothing but a bunch of half-truths and lies" and he and other GOP lawmakers knew before the panel kicked off that it would "fabricate" and "hide things."

Madeleine Hubbard is an international correspondent for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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