‘Replyin’ Ted’: Cruz Gets Pilloried for Checking His Phone During Senate Hearing on Capitol Riot

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) came under attack by critics who saw him doing something with his phone in the middle of the Senate’s first hearing on the storming of the U.S. Capitol.

The Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees held a hearing on Tuesday to examine the insurrection of Jan. 6 and the security failures that allowed former President Donald Trump’s supporters to violently infiltrate Congress. Former Capitol Police chief Steven Sund was among the witnesses who gave testimony at the hearing, and as he spoke about intelligence assessments from before the Capitol riot, Cruz was spotted on camera tapping away at his phone.

Cruz’s conduct comes after he and Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) mounted objections in Congress on January
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