Top Democratic Party leaders are pushing for a federal investigation into the expulsion of two state lawmakers from the Tennessee legislature.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock are requesting the Department of Justice to investigate the expulsions of Tennessee state Reps. Justin Jones and Rep. Justin Pearson.
Pearson and Jones, along with Democrat Reps. Gloria Johnson, egged on protesters and stormed the state House floor to call on their colleagues to take action against gun violence last month.
As a consequence of their actions, both Pearson and Jones were expelled from the House by Republicans.
Schumer and Warnock, angered by the expulsions, are asking Attorney General Merrick Garland to “take all steps necessary to uphold the democratic integrity of our nation’s legislative bodies.”.
The protest from the Democratic lawmakers came after a transgender shooter killed six people, including three children, at a private Christian school in Nashville.
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