U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9) today reacted to multiple news reports that Arizona Republican Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05) worked with far-right extremist groups to help organize the violent mob that attacked the United States Capitol. Last week’s riot seeking to topple American democracy led to the deaths of five people including a U.S. Capitol Police Officer.
“It is despicable enough over two-thirds of the House Republican Caucus voted to overturn the election hours after we were rampaged by fascist rioters,” said Pascrell. “But if any Members of Congress actively participated in planning the attack, that is treason. It is rich that Mr. Biggs demanded my censure and criminal prosecution for ‘threatening the livelihoods of American citizens’ after I sought the disbarment of Trump attorneys including Rudy Giuliani for filing frivolous lawsuits. He used those exact words and it turns out he was describing himself. Any elected official found to be aiding insurrection is unfit to serve and should be ejected from Congress.”
On November 27, Biggs led five Republicans demanding Pascrell be censured for seeking the disbarment of Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani for trying to overturn the election with frivolous lawsuits. Biggs’ pathetic resolution preposterously alleged holding Giuliani accountable for attacking democracy “threatens the livelihoods of American citizens in a way that is not befitting an elected Member of the House of Representatives.” Biggs and the members later called for Pascrell to be investigated by the FBI for threatening Rudy Giuliani’s livelihood. The New York State Bar Association has begun an inquiry into Giuliani’s membership.
Pascrell has called for the Congress to enforce the authority in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment on election officials supporting rebellion and insurrection to sanction House members involved in overturning the democratic Presidential election.