An online petition declared Missouri Senator Josh Hawley “needs to be removed from office,” and thousands signed on in agreement.
This follows a chaotic scene at the United States Capitol the same day Hawley led the effort in the Senate to reject Joe Biden’s electoral victory, due to unsubstantiated claims of election insecurity.
The petition was taken off MoveOn.org without explanation by Thursday evening, but only after it gained more than 20,00 signatures. That makes it about as consequential, legally speaking, as if it was still available, said St. Louis University Law professor Anders Walker.
“A United States senator cannot be recalled. Only a vote in the Senate to expel a senator can remove an acting senator,” he said. “If people want to get rid of Senator Hawley, they’re going to have to vote in 2024,” he said.