By Mark SCOLFORO and Mark LEVY, Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Republican state senator who was on the scene when a violent mob of fellow Donald Trump supporters commanded the US Capitol should resign, top Democrat Pennsylvania The Senate said on Thursday.
Since November, Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny said, the words and actions of Sen. Doug Mastriano since November have encouraged a coup attempt and inspired the people behind it. At least eight other Senate Democrats have said that Musterino should step down.
“He has questioned the integrity of our elections without evidence, wasting taxpayer resources with shameless hearings that claim fraud without evidence, and yesterday he was engaged in protests in the nation’s capital,” Costa he said.
Mastirano of Franklin County has not returned many messages in the past two days, but said in a statement late Wednesday night that he did not enter the Capitol or go beyond the police lines, and “when it was clear it was no longer cool Protest, my wife and I left the area. “
In a video message, he said he did not support the violence, mitigating the mob attack on police and how he and his wife had to go through Washington traffic to get home.
Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia, one of those calling for his resignation, said Trump and Mastriano proudly instigated the flames of the rebellion. Yesterday, Mastriano traveled to Washington DC to see the fruits of his efforts and praised his work. “
C-Center President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Center, said he saw no basis for the Senate to remove Mastriano.
“He assured me that he did not participate in any illegal activities,” Corman said.
Mastirano organized people’s buses to go to Washington on Wednesday, but he apparently did not ride in one of those buses.
In recent months Mastarino has repeatedly claimed that he has had regular, direct conversations with Trump about the president’s efforts to avoid his loss to Joe Biden in the presidential election.
Mastriano held a hearing in November in Gettysburg over claims of an electoral fraud, a meeting in which Trump spoke on the phone. Later that day, Mastrino and fellow supporters went to the White House, but Mastrino tested positive for COVID-19 and was not allowed to meet Trump.
He has led several rallies in the Capitol this year to protest masks, social disturbances and the state’s transition mitigation strategies. He has encouraged supporters who want to see him running for governor in 2022.
Before the attack on Wednesday, Mastriano put his Washington itinerary on Facebook, including a speaking slot for 1 to 3 pm on the Capital Steps – at the time the building was being cordoned off.
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