MSNBC's Joe Scarborough accused Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) of interfering in the FBI investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection he helped provoke.
The Missouri Republican pressed FBI director Christopher Wray during a hearing Tuesday about the collection of cell phone data from the rioters, and the "Morning Joe" host suggested Hawley seemed concerned about his own role in inciting the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol.
"We got it on camera, we got all of his speeches, we got his speeches before the insurrection," Scarborough said. "We got the fist, that little fist of his going up in the air with the bone structure of a little bird going up in the air, so we got that, and we got him actually voting to disallow millions of votes later, and then we have him on the floor continuing to give aid and comfort to traitors and sedition seditionists with a speech even after the Capitol was vandalized and attacked, even after the terrorist attack, even after the sedition."
"Josh Hawley doesn't want the FBI to use all the tools in the toolbox to figure out who the Trump terrorists were, to draw lines between the Trump terrorists and what Josh Hawley the seditionist said, to draw a line between the people beating cops with American flags and what Josh Hawley said. The people racing through the Capitol screaming 'hang Mike Pence' and tracing those people down to figure out they too were inspired by Josh Hawley's seditionist acts."
Scarborough said the senator seems to hope that his own culpability will fade from view, but he said that can't happen.
"We will get further and further away from this event, but it will never change the fact that Josh Hawley was responsible for these deaths that occurred on Capitol Hill, for this act of insurrection, the worst insurrection by domestic terrorists in U.S. history into our government, and he's thinking he can sit there with a straight face, ask these questions when you look at the people who supported him, Sen. John Danforth, went around the state of Missouri asking people to vote for Josh Hawley, first as attorney general and then as the United States senator, and after this he said, 'I have no doubt this was Josh Hawley's fault.' But for Josh Hawley, this would have never happened."
Both major newspapers in Missouri have called on Hawley to resign or be expelled over his role in the insurrection.
"People who know Josh Hawley the best know that he was responsible for these terrorist acts," Scarborough said. "He was the ringleader along with Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. So, yes, he's not going to want the FBI to aggressively investigate his crime scene [but] that's what they're going to do."
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