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Senate ethics committee approves probe of Wendy Rogers

 Arizona State Sen. Wendy Rogers
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Arizona State Sen. Wendy Rogers

The Arizona Senate’s ethics committee has ordered its lawyers to formally investigate a Republican lawmaker’s online comments blaming the federal government for the recent massacre at a Buffalo, New York supermarket.

The full Senate ordered the probe of Sen. Wendy Rogers, and the ethics panel on Wednesday voted 5-0 to have its lawyers handle the investigation.

Minority Democrats wanted Rogers expelled from the Senate because she was just censured on March 1 for participating in a white nationalist gathering and had called for her political opponents to be hanged.

The lead ethics committee lawyer said he expects the investigation to take weeks, not months.

Rogers will be able to respond to the report's conclusion.