PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate Ethics Committee has ordered its lawyers to formally investigate online comments by a Republican lawmaker blaming the federal government for the recent massacre in Buffalo, New York. The full Senate ordered the investigation of Sen. Wendy Rogers, and the ethics committee voted 5-0 on Wednesday to have her attorneys handle the investigation.
Rodgers recently tweeted about the Buffalo supermarket shooting that left 10 dead, implying the feds were behind the attack. Rodgers posted the message, reading, “Fed boys’ summer has started in Buffalo.” In a statement last Monday, Rodgers said his comment was taken out of context and “became a false narrative that is now the focus of a firestorm.” She ended the statement by saying she does not condone violent crime or racism.
Minority Democrats wanted Rogers expelled from the Senate because she had just been censured on March 1 for attending a white nationalist rally and calling for the hanging of her political opponents. Rodgers had previously spoken out about his censorship, saying it was an attempt to limit his free speech. However, the Senate voted 24 to 3 to censure Rodgers after Senate Speaker Karen Fann rejected Rodgers’ free speech claims.
Lead counsel for the ethics committee said he expects the investigation to take weeks, not months. After that, Rogers can respond to the report’s conclusion.
Arizona Family News staff contributed to this report.
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