PHOENIX — The brother of Arizona Representative Paul Gosar (R) said he believes the congressman committed treason for his role in last week’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. Five people were killed, including a U.S. Capitol police officer.
“What he’s done personally is commit treason I think,” David Gosar told ABC15. “He has blood on his hands for those people dying in there.”
David Gosar and other members of the Gosar family are lobbying members of Congress for an investigation. They’re demanding an investigation to find out what role Representative Gosar played in organizing and promoting the mob scene at the Capitol.
Ali “Alexander” Akbar, the man who says he is responsible for organizing the Stop the Steal Rally, claims Gosar and Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs (R) were among those who helped with the planning. Biggs denies involvement.
“With his participation in the rally ahead of time, the lies he spread down there about the election, his meeting with Trump, he’s as instrumental as a member of Congress with what happened at that capitol,” David Gosar said from Wyoming where he is a practicing attorney.
Congresswoman Cori Bush (D) Missouri has authored House Resolution 25 which calls for a Congressional investigation. Arizona Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva has signed on.
In a statement, he told ABC15 in part, “It’s no secret some threw gasoline on an already raging fire.” Continuing, Grijalva said, “Their actions should be investigated, and they should face consequences. If that includes expulsion so be it.”
Meanwhile, at the Arizona Legislature, State Representative Athena Salman said, “We believe the public needs to know the full extent of their involvement.”
Salman wrote a letter, signed by Democratic Legislative leaders, asking acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and FBI Director Christopher Wray to investigate the roles of both Congressmen Gosar and Biggs as well as those of State Representative Mark Finchem (R) Tucson and former State Representative Anthony Kern.
Kern and Finchem attended the rally. Kern was pictured on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
“You look at what they were doing before that day, and they were trafficking in Arizona lies and conspiracies,” Salman said.
The FBI and the U.S. Attorney General have issued no statements in response to the request by Arizona Democratic legislators.