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House conservatives call for ethics probe into Joaquin Castro tweet | TheHill


House conservatives on Friday called on the chamber’s Ethics Committee to investigate Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroThe Hill’s Campaign Report: 2020 Democrats challenge Trump’s response to El Paso Why target Tucker Carlson? It’s part of the left’s war on the right Julián Castro responds to Trump attack: ‘Joaquin and I will keep fighting’ MORE (D-Texas) for tweeting the names of Trump campaign donors.

“Posting a target list of private citizens simply for supporting his political opponent is antithetical to our principles and serves to suppress the free speech and free association rights of Americans,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to House Ethics Committee Chairman Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchDemocratic leaders seek to have it both ways on impeachment Parkland father: Twitter did not suspend users who harassed me using name of daughter’s killer Deutch joins impeachment effort he says has ‘already begun’ MORE (D-Fla.) and ranking member Rep. Kenny MarchantKenny Ewell MarchantTexas faces turbulent political moment Democratic Party official: Texas is ‘biggest battleground state in the country’ Another Texas congressman planning to retire MORE (R-Texas).

“These acts must immediately be investigated to determine if Rep. Castro has violated the ethical rules of this institution,” they added.

The letter spearheaded by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) was signed by GOP Reps. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzWoman who threw drink at Matt Gaetz pleads guilty Lawmakers point to entitlements when asked about deficits Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess MORE (Fla.), Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceInterior whistleblowers say agency has sidelined scientists under Trump Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran MORE (Ga.), Debbie Lesko (Ariz.), Jeff DuncanJeffrey (Jeff) Darren DuncanHouse conservatives call for ethics probe into Joaquin Castro tweet Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess House passes annual intelligence bill MORE (S.C.), Randy WeberRandall (Randy) Keith WeberConservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess Current, former lawmakers celebrate release of new book on Jack Brooks, ‘The Meanest Man in Congress’ House passes bill expressing support for NATO MORE (Texas) and Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddConservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess Conservatives ask Barr to lay out Trump’s rationale for census question 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill MORE (N.C.).

The lawmakers argued that publishing donor lists suppresses free speech and the right to freely associate.

“By publishing a list of private citizens who donated to his political opponent, Rep. Castro sought to encourage harassment against those citizens simply on the basis of their political beliefs,” they wrote. “It cannot be fairly argued that Rep. Castro had any other purpose in posting that list and telling his activist followers that those individuals were inciting hate. Whether he intended to provoke physical violence or merely verbal harassment, his intent was to chill the free speech and free association rights of Americans.”

Castro, the brother of a Democratic presidential candidate, came under fire this week from House GOP leaders and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump dismisses backlash to SoulCycle: ‘I think it just makes Steve much hotter’ Trump on China trade talks: ‘We are not ready to make a deal’ Trump: Biden ‘not playing with a full deck’ MORE‘s campaign for tweeting the names and business interests of dozens of donors to Trump’s reelection campaign.

On Monday evening, following that weekend’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Castro tweeted the names of 44 Texans who donated the maximum $2,700 to Trump, specifically calling out the owners of several prominent businesses in San Antonio, where the Castro brothers are from.

Federal candidates are required to disclose the names and employers of donors who contribute $200 or more in Federal Election Commission filings, which are publicly available online.

However, it is unusual for a lawmaker to publish the names and business interests of individual donors of another campaign.

“Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders’,” Castro tweeted.

At the time, there were reports that the suspected gunman had allegedly posted a manifesto online shortly before the attack that included anti-immigrant rhetoric and warned of a “Hispanic invasion.”

The suspect has since reportedly told police that he carried out the shooting and that he was targeting “Mexicans.”

Julián Castro defended the tweet after Trump blasted the move.

“Joaquin and I will keep fighting. The American people will fight every day for our nation, against your hate, your corruption, and your ego. And we’ll win. #AdiósTrump,” he tweeted.

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