by Alex Lloyd Gross
On January 2, 2024 Senator Art Haywood, (d) filed and ethics complaint against a fellow colleague. in the Pennsylvania State Senate. The complaint was lodged against Senator Doug Mastriano (r) from Franklin County. This complain alleged that Doug Mastriano :
Alex Lloyd Gross File photo-Delaware Valley News.com Senator Doug Mastriano in Warminster in October 2022.
Used the prominence and reputation of The PA Senate and his office as a State Senator to conduct a hearing at which advisors of the Former President gave unsworn testimony. This testimony has since been proven false.
Organized and appeared in various rallies with state and federal officials to disseminate false information to promote the idea that the 2020 presidential vote was illegitimate and should be overturned. Ahead of January 6, 2021, personally led a board-based effort to coerce, pressure, and intimidate government officials at all levels to overturn the election results in Pennsylvania.
Participated in the violent assembly of individuals on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol.
This assembly, incited by Former President Trump, breached police barricades in violation of the law and resulted in the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building with the expressed purpose of preventing the counting and certification of the Electoral College Vote.
Mastriano launched a failed attempt to become Governor of Pennsylvania. during this campaign, he repeatedly barred members of the news media from his campaign events, It was only within the last two weeks of the campaign that media was allowed inside of his event. He took no questions .
During the January 6th committee, he appeared for about 15 minutes via Zoom and refused to answer any questions.He cut off his Zoom connection before he was sworn in. He stated he was in Washington to hear President Trump speak, but never trespassed onto the US Capitol . Photos and videos of him in DC that day prove he did.
ALEX LLOYD GROSS File Photo-Delaware Valley News.com Senator Doug Mastriano in Warminster.
The report put out by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) can be viewed tere. When you click on the link you are besieged with request for donations. CREW is calling for the admonishment, censure or removal of office by expulsion of Mastriano.
There is no timetable for when these hearings will start or conclude. Senator Haywood said “I have complete faith in the ethics committee, once formed, to conduct a full investigation into this matter. I trust that the evidence gathered will lead them to a just and appropriate course of action.” Mastriano’s office would not comment.