CREW Sues to Have Couy Griffin Barred from Holding Office – What We Know!

Couy Griffin overlooking the crowd outside Capitol grounds on Jan. 6; climbing metal barricade to reach Capitol grounds

Couy Griffin (by way of CREW authorized submitting)

A authorities ethics watchdog filed a lawsuit alleging {that a} New Mexico county commissioner violated his oath to uphold the Structure when he stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Citing the 14th Modification’s proscriptions towards insurrectionists, the watchdog calls for that he be barred from holding workplace once more.

Couy Griffin, an outspoken Donald Trump supporter and founding father of the group “Cowboys for Trump,” has served as commissioner of Otero County, New Mexico, since 2018. He was arrested in January of 2021, after being recorded standing with a megaphone over the gang that may in the end overwhelm police and swarm the Capitol constructing, briefly stopping Congress from certifying Joe Biden‘s win within the 2020 presidential election.

He was later charged with two misdemeanors, and he’s at the moment standing trial within the District of D.C., within the second Jan. 6-related case to make it to this part.

Griffin was additionally seen utilizing a metallic barricade as a ladder to entry Capitol grounds. Prosecutors mentioned Griffin made a number of statements indicating he deliberate to return to D.C. after Jan. 6, presumably with weapons, to go after Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Residents for Duty and Ethics in Washington (CREW) introduced its lawsuit on Monday, in the midst of Griffin’s bench trial earlier than U.S. District Decide Trevor McFadden, a Trump appointee. Griffin eschewed his proper to a trial by jury in deep blue Washington, D.C.

In accordance with the lawsuit, filed on behalf of two residents of Otero County, Griffin violated the oath he took to uphold the Structure when he joined the pro-Trump mob on the Capitol on Jan. 6.

“Defendant participated in, inspired, and promoted the January 6, 2021 assault on america Capitol and is presently dealing with federal felony costs for his actions that day,” the criticism says.

The lawsuit particularly cites the “disqualification clause” of the 14th Modification, which says:

No particular person shall . . . maintain any workplace, civil or army, below america, or below any State, who, having beforehand taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of america, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an govt or judicial officer of any State, to help the Structure of america, shall have engaged in riot or riot towards the identical, or given support or consolation to the enemies thereof.

Calling Griffin an “outspoken participant within the violent and unlawful acts” that occurred on Jan. 6, the lawsuit says that Griffin took to social media on Jan. 7 and “defined that January sixth was merely the start of what he known as a ‘revolution.’ He promised that he and different insurrectionists would use weapons and violence to perform their targets, which may finish with ‘blood operating out’ of the Capitol.”

Griffin additionally allegedly spoke about his participation on Jan. 6 at an Otero County Fee assembly on Jan. 6, “utilizing the assembly as a possibility to broadcast his actions and help for the insurrectionists’ trigger.”

He admitted that he knowingly breached the safety barricades Capitol Police had put into place to guard the Capitol perimeter, stating ‘there was some fencing up and so they have been saying you possibly can not go any additional as a result of this was being reserved for Joe Biden and his inauguration. Effectively, you inform one million Trump supporters that . . . , fairly quickly that crowd simply pushed by way of.’

On the identical assembly, Defendant described plans to return to the Capitol on January 20, 2021 for President Elect Biden’s inauguration and said that, this time, he would deliver firearms: ‘I’m going to depart both tonight or tomorrow. I’ve obtained a .357 Henry large boy rifle . . . that I obtained within the trunk of my automobile, and I’ve obtained a .357 single motion revolver . . . that I’ll have beneath the entrance seat on my proper aspect. And I’ll embrace my Second Modification, I’ll preserve my proper to bear arms, my automobile is an extension of my house in regard to the structure regulation, and I’ve a proper to have these firearms in my automobile.’

“Defendant each engaged within the January sixth riot and gave support or consolation to insurrectionists searching for to forestall the constitutionally-mandated counting of electoral votes,” the lawsuit alleges, noting that Griffin “traveled throughout the nation to take part in an illustration the aim of which was to cease, impede, and delay the constitutionally-mandated strategy of counting electoral votes and, in flip, the certification of Joe Biden’s election as President.”

Alleging that Griffin “personally contributed to the overwhelming of regulation enforcement,” the lawsuit additionally says he “relished within the violent assault on the guts of American democracy and later threatened additional such assaults except the insurrectionists’ false and debunked claims of election fraud have been addressed.”

“Defendant additionally voluntarily aided the insurrectionists by assuming a management function within the crowd, addressing them with a bullhorn, and documenting and selling the occasions on social media,” the criticism says, including:

Amid the assault on the Capitol, Defendant positioned himself as a spokesman for the insurrectionists’ trigger, stating ‘the individuals are displaying that they’ve had sufficient. Individuals are prepared for honest and authorized elections, or that is what you’re going to get, you’re going to get extra of it.’ Defendant’s group, Cowboys for Trump, then tweeted the video to the account’s 62,300 followers, with the textual content “#Cowboys for Trump combating until the tip!” The video garnered at the least 7,186 views. This was promotional content material glorifying a violent riot towards america, obtained by way of illegal means and broadcast to hundreds. With this social-media promotion, Defendant voluntarily aided the riot by personally broadcasting its message and contributing issues helpful to the insurrectionists’ trigger.

The lawsuit seeks to perform what a 2021 recall effort couldn’t. That effort fell flat when organizers failed to gather sufficient signatures to get the recall measure on the poll.

“Couy Griffin breached the Capitol grounds on January sixth as a part of an organized effort to halt the certification of a free and honest election. Underneath the Structure, these workplace holders who, like Griffin, violated their oath by collaborating in or aiding an riot, should be barred from public workplace,” CREW President Noah Bookbinder mentioned within the press launch. “Couy Griffin has used his public platform to unfold the false narrative that the election was stolen from Donald Trump and to defend the assault on our Capitol. His actions on January sixth have been a part of and contributed to an riot, and his tenure in authorities continues to be a menace to our democracy. It’s time for Couy Griffin to be faraway from workplace.”

In accordance with the Washington Put up, Griffin has mentioned he is not going to run for re-election, though he has maintained his innocence since his arrest. His fellow county commissioners have beforehand known as for his resignation.

Learn the criticism and consider the displays, by way of CREW, beneath.

[Images via CREW legal filing.]

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