New Mexico Official Ousted For Participating In Jan. 6 Insurrection

A New Mexico choose has ordered a Donald Trump-supporting county official to be instantly eliminated and barred from office for collaborating within the lethal Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

In his ruling on Tuesday, District Judge Francis Mathew stated that Otero County Commissioner and “Cowboys for Trump” founder Couy Griffin is disqualified from holding office beneath the 14th Amendment as a result of he engaged within the riot after taking an oath to assist the Constitution as an “executive … officer” of the state.

Griffin’s “protestations and his characterizations of his actions and the events of January 6, 2021 are not credible and amounted to nothing more than attempting to put lipstick on a pig,” Mathew wrote.

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin speaks to reporters at federal court docket in Washington on June 17, 2022. A choose ordered Griffin to be eliminated and barred from office on Sept. 6 for collaborating within the Capitol riot of Jan. 6, 2021.

Gemunu Amarasinghe by way of Associated Press

Mathew cites a number of situations through which Griffin, whereas on a “Stop the Steal” bus tour, infected and mobilized Trump supporters throughout the nation to hitch what he repeatedly referred to as the “war” in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021. The ruling additionally included that Griffin introduced firearms and ammunition with him on his solution to the nation’s capital.

Griffin was filmed scaling the Capitol’s partitions after seeing the mob of Trump supporters push previous safety obstacles. Once he reached the inaugural stage, Griffin used a bullhorn to steer the group in prayer and provides a speech selling the assault.

“It’s a great day for America! The people [are] showing that they’ve had enough,” Griffin stated to the mob, members of which have been brutally attacking regulation enforcement in a close-by tunnel. “People are ready for fair and legal elections, or this is what you’re going to get, and you’re going to get more of it.”

In a video recorded the day after the riot, Griffin celebrated the violence that occurred on the Capitol and previewed additional violence to try to cease Joe Biden from changing into president. He talked about a possible “Second Amendment rally” throughout the inauguration that would come with “blood running out of that building.”

The commissioner additionally told other Otero County officials at a meeting on Jan. 14, 2021, that he deliberate to take a rifle and a revolver when he returned to Washington. The transfer was a part of a better effort by Trump supporters to dam the switch of presidential energy to Biden.

Griffin was arrested in Washington on Jan. 17, 2021, for his position within the riot. He was convicted in March of coming into and remaining on restricted grounds, however acquitted of disorderly conduct. Griffin was sentenced to 14 days in jail and a $3,000 high quality for his position within the riot.

Several regulation companies and the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a lawsuit earlier this year on behalf of a gaggle of New Mexico residents looking for to take away Griffin from office. CREW President Noah Bookbinder said in a statement that the ruling is a “historic win for accountability” for the riot and people who have been concerned in it.

“This decision makes clear that any current or former public officials who took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution and then participated in the January 6th insurrection can and will be removed and barred from government service for their actions,” Bookbinder stated.

The ruling is the primary time since 1869 {that a} choose has used the Constitution’s insurrection-related disqualification language to take away somebody from office, based on CREW. It’s additionally the primary time that any court docket has dominated the assault on the Capitol an riot.

“The mob was unified by the common public purpose of opposing the execution of federal law – namely, the Twelfth and Twentieth Amendments and the Electoral Count Act. Through their chants, flags, banners, and clothing, the mob made clear they came to the Capitol to stop Vice President [Mike] Pence and Congress from carrying out their constitutional duties to certify the election by force and intimidation,” the choose wrote. “That some of the January 6 attackers may have believed that the 2020 presidential election was stolen does not negate their insurrectionary purpose.”

“The mob ultimately achieved what even the Confederates never did during the Civil War: they breached the Capitol building and seized the Capitol grounds, forcing the Vice President and Congress to halt their constitutional duties and flee to more secure locations,” the choose continued. “Knowledgeable nineteenth-century Americans … would have regarded the events of January 6, and the surrounding planning, mobilization and incitement, as an insurrection.”

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