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Sen. Mastriano Faces Ethics Probe for 2020 Election Role

State Senator Doug Mastriano, representing Franklin County, is facing an ethics complaint over his actions related to the 2020 presidential election and the events of January 6, 2021. The complaint was filed by State Sen. Art Haywood, D-Montgomery, who alleges that Mastriano used his office to spread misinformation about the 2020 election, contributing to public distrust. Haywood referenced a policy meeting in November 2020, organized by Mastriano in Gettysburg, where Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and then-President Trump spread falsehoods about the election​​.

Mastriano was present at the U.S. Capitol during the rally that led to the riot. He is accused of busing in supporters and crossing police barricades, although he denies crossing lines established by law enforcement. His actions, including hosting a launch party for his gubernatorial campaign with key figures like former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, have been scrutinized. Mastriano eventually lost the 2022 gubernatorial election to Gov. Josh Shapiro​​.

The ethics complaint was substantially informed by research from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, D.C. (CREW). According to Brie Sparkman, policy counsel for CREW, Mastriano, despite his oath to defend the U.S. Constitution, supported and seemingly participated in an insurrection against it, posing a threat to democratic institutions​​.

The ethics complaint will be reviewed by the Senate, following a process outlined in the Senate Rules. The committee responsible for the review will consist of six members, with equal representation from both the majority and minority parties. If Mastriano is found in violation, the potential consequences could include reprimand, censure, or expulsion from the Senate. The Senate leadership expressed disappointment with the announcement of the complaint, seeing it as political gamesmanship​​.

Mastriano has denied any involvement in violence and called the ethics complaint a partisan PR stunt, criticizing the use of a report from CREW to justify the allegations. He emphasized his military service and dedication to the U.S. Constitution, and warned against the precedent set by such accusations​.

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