A government ethics watchdog filed a lawsuit alleging that a New Mexico district commissioner violated his oath to obey the Constitution when he stormed the U.S. Capitol on June 6. January. Citing 14th Amendment provisions for insurgents, the watchdog asked him to be barred from holding office again.
Couy Griffinstraight Donald Trump Supporter and founder of the “Cowboys for Trump” group, has served as a commissioner for Otero County, New Mexico, since 2018. He was arrested in January 2021, after being filmed standing with a megaphone in the crowd that would eventually overwhelm the police and surround the Capitol building, temporarily preventing Congress from certifying Joe Bidenwon the 2020 presidential election.
He later charged with two misdemeanorsand he is currently in court in DC County, in a second case involving January 6 to get into this stage.
Griffin was also seen using a metal barrier as a ladder to access the Capitol grounds. Prosecutors said Griffin has made multiple statements suggesting he plans to return to DC after January 6, possibly with weapons, to go after the Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) And Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.)
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) announced its case on Monday, in the midst of Griffin’s bench trial before a US District Judge Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee. Griffin denies right to trial by jury in Washington, DC
According to the lawsuit, filed on behalf of two residents of Otero County, Griffin violated an oath he proclaimed to abide by the Constitution by participating in a pro-Trump crowd at the Capitol on June 6. first.
Defendant participated in, encouraged, and promoted the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol and is currently facing federal criminal charges for his actions on that day. ,” the lawsuit said.
The lawsuit specifically cites the “disqualification clause” of 14th Amendmentwhich says:
No one can. . . hold any office, civil or military, under the United States of America, or under any State, who has taken an oath previously, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, in support of the Constitution of the United States, shall participate in insurrection or rebellion against the same nation, or aid or consolation to their enemies.
Calling Griffin an “outspoken participant in the violent and illegal practices” that took place on January 6, the lawsuit says Griffin took to social media on January 7 and “explained that the date January 6 is just the beginning of what he calls ‘The Revolution.’ He promised that he and the other insurgents would use guns and violence to accomplish their goals, which could end up running out of blood on the Capitol.”
Griffin also reportedly spoke about his involvement January 6 at the Otero County Commission meeting on January 6, “using the meeting as an opportunity to promote his actions and support support the cause of the insurgents.”
He admitted that he intentionally breached the security fence that Capitol Police had put in place to secure the perimeter of the Capitol, saying ‘there are some fences and they say you can’t go any further because it’s reserved. for Joe Biden and his inauguration. Well, you tell millions of Trump supporters that. . . , and soon that crowd passed. ‘
At the same meeting, the defendant described his plans to return to the Capitol on January 20, 2021 for the inauguration of President Elect Biden and stated that, this time, he would carry a gun: ‘I’m going. tonight or tomorrow. I have a large .357 Henry rifle. . . that I keep in the trunk of my car and I have a .357 revolver. . . which I will have underneath the front seat on my right side. And I will accept my Second Amendment, I will keep my right to bear arms, my vehicle is an extension of my home under constitutional law, and I have the right to firearms. it’s in my car. ‘
“The defendants both participated in the January 6 uprising and aided or comforted insurgents who sought to prevent the counting of electoral votes as required by the constitution,” the lawsuit alleges. , noting that Griffin “traveled across the country to participate in a demonstration whose purpose was to prevent, obstruct, and delay the constitutionally mandated electoral vote counting process and in turn, the certified Joe Biden was elected President. “
Alleging that Griffin “personally contributed to overwhelming law enforcement,” the lawsuit also states that he “enjoyed his violent assault on the heart of American democracy and then threatened to attack further unless the false and debunked claims of election fraud are addressed. . ”
“The defendant also volunteered to support the extremists by taking on a leadership role in the crowd, speaking to them by speaking, recording and promoting events on social media. ,” the complaint added:
In the midst of the attack on the Capitol, Defendant identified himself as a spokesman for the insurgents’ cause, claiming that people were showing that they had enough. People are ready for fair and legal elections, or this is what you will get, you will get more. ‘ Defendant’s organization, Cowboys for Trump, later tweeted the video to the account’s 62,300 followers, with the words “#Cowboys for Trump fighting to the end!” The video has garnered at least 7,186 views. This is advertising content glorifying a violent uprising against the United States, collected through illegal means and broadcast to thousands of people. By promoting this social network, Defendant voluntarily supported the uprising by personally broadcasting its message and making useful contributions to the insurgent cause.
“Couy Griffin broke into the Capitol grounds on January 6 as part of an organized effort to prevent the certification of a free and fair election. Under the Constitution, holders of office, like Griffin, who have violated their oath by participating in or supporting an uprising, must be barred from public office,” said CREW President. Noah Bookbinder said in the press release. “Couy Griffin used his public platform to spread disinformation that the election was stolen from Donald Trump and to defend the attack on our Capitol. His actions on January 6 were part and parcel of an uprising, and his tenure in government continues to pose a threat to our democracy. It is time for Couy Griffin to be sacked.”
According to Washington PostGriffin has speak he will not run for re-election, although he has maintained his innocence since his arrest. His fellow county commissioners have had previously called for his resignation.
Read the complaint and view the exhibits, via CREWbelow.
[Images via CREW legal filing.]
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