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Hawley condemns Capitol violence amid accusations of incitement

Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyNYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force chief: Attacks are 'not new' More than 75 Asian, LGBTQ groups oppose anti-Asian crime bill Senate Commerce Committee advances Biden's FTC nominee Lina Khan MORE (R-Mo.) said that “the violence must end” at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a statement that only briefly alluded to his own push to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

"Thank you to the brave law enforcement officials who have put their lives on the line,” Hawley said in the statement. “The violence must end, those who attacked police and broke the law must be prosecuted, and Congress must get back to work and finish its job."

The statement came after pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol and clashed with police, interrupting Congress’s certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE’s victory. Hawley was the first of at least 13 senators to announce he planned to object to the certification, a process which will not prevent Biden from taking office but which will trigger hours of debate and a formal vote.

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Hawley was criticized as having played a role in inciting the mobs, particularly after a photo surfaced of him gesturing to a crowd of demonstrators in solidarity earlier in the day.

“The picture (among many) we will all remember from what we’ve witnessed today @HawleyMO— you are @realDonaldTrump’s symbol of this sedition,” former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroHispanic Caucus endorses essential worker immigration bill Asian American lawmakers say State's 'assignment restrictions' discriminate Democrats ask Biden to reverse employee policy on past marijuana use MORE (D-Texas), meanwhile, called for the resignation of both Hawley and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate panel deadlocks over Biden pick to lead DOJ civil rights division Yang: Those who thought tweet in support of Israel was 'overly simplistic' are correct CNN asks Carol Baskin to comment on loose Texas tiger MORE (R-Texas), who also supported the objection.

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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFauci on Rand Paul: 'I just don't understand what the problem is with him' Buckingham Palace requests 'Trump Train' remove image of queen from bus The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting MORE (R-Ky.), one of several GOP senators who has said he will not back the objection, did not criticize Hawley directly, but said in a tweet that the violence at the Capitol was the logical outcome of “establishing a precedent that Congress can overturn elections.”