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September 13, 2022

Elected Official Removed from Office Over Jan. 6

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A politician in New Mexico became the first elected official to be removed from office over their involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

State Judge Francis Mathew ruled that Couy Griffin be removed from his elected position as one of Otero County’s three county commissioners, citing a violation of a clause in the 14th Amendment by participating in an “insurrection” against the federal government. Mathew is the first judge to formally rule that Jan. 6, 2021, was an “insurrection.”

“Mr. Griffin’s crossing of barricades to approach the Capitol were overt acts in support of the insurrection, as Griffin’s presence closer to the Capitol building increased the insurrectionists’ intimidation by number,” the judge wrote in his ruling.

“Mr. Griffin aided the insurrection even though he did not personally engage in violence. By joining the mob and trespassing on restricted Capitol grounds, Mr. Griffin contributed to delaying Congress’s election certification proceedings.”

The ruling immediately removed Griffin from his position and barred him from holding elected office ever again.

The first-of-its-kind ruling comes after Griffin was convicted of misdemeanor trespassing during the Capitol riot. In June, he was sentenced to 14 days in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Griffin, founder of Cowboys for Trump, told CNN that the judge was being “tyrannical.”

“I’m shocked. Just shocked,” Griffin said. “I really did not feel like the state was going to move on me in such a way. I don’t know where I go from here.”

In his ruling, Mathew said Griffin’s attempts “to sanitize his actions are without merit” and “amounted to nothing more than attempting to put lipstick on a pig.”

According to the group Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington (CREW), the ruling marks the first time since 1869 that a judge removed an elected official from office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

“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,” CREW President Noah Bookbinder said in a statement.


Sources: The Guardian | CNN

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11 comments on Elected Official Removed from Office Over Jan. 6

  1. Don says:

    Mathew needs removed from the bench.

    1. 2004done says:

      Along with so many other agenda-driven politicians masquerading as non-partisan.

    2. Fhickey says:

      Your correct and an insurrection IT WAS NOT!!!!!!

      1. Okie Woman says:

        The was NO insurrection just like there was NO Covid!

  2. Helen Sanders says:

    If he got removed from office because of his involvement in Jan 6th, then we need to remove Pelosi and most of the Congress members, because they all were involved in the Jan 6th case. As a matter of fact, Pelosi and the Democrats are the ones that wanted it and caused it by not allowing the National Guard that President Trump wanted to protect everyone. Remember that the DC police are the ones that told and encouraged the people to go into the Capitol building.

  3. Gerald Ladd says:

    Francis Mathew seems to have a Hitler complex!

  4. john says:

    The DEEP POLICE STATE has shown it’s colors.

  5. John says:

    Typical liberal judge! It has never been proven it was an insurrection be it a fact that if it had truly been an insurrection, there would have been one hell of a lot more people and weapons along with major bloodshed. It was a total setup by the democrats to try and make Trump and his followers out to be a bunch of lawless crazies. Hopefully, we can remove the actual guilty ones come November.

  6. Ron says:

    So much for a government for the people by the people.

  7. Jimmy F says:

    If judge Mathew was elected, the citizens should do like Californians did and set up a movement to have him recalled if he doesn’t change his ruling. This is obviously a left-leaning judge who believes the lie that the Jan 6 “protest” was an insurrection. The Feds can’t even prove it. They’re still holding people that they hope will admit it was, but we all know that ain’t happening because it was a big lie from the start. If the republicans take over I hope ALL the bad actors will be exposed. Of course, they probably will all resign and save themselves from being called before a Congressional Committee or Grand Jury, and what a happy day that would be to see them leave office forever!

  8. dcwalker says:

    +I live in the DC area. A rally was scheduled for Jan 6 at the ellipse, behind the white house and on the grounds of the Washington Monument…15 city blocks away from the capitol…..IT was planned as the rally to protect elections and ballots, Trump later invited himself. It was cold that day but almost two million showed up….Americans singing the star spangled banner, praying in groups, nuns, etc. people from all around the US….The speakers started at nine am, Trump came and started at 12:15 you could hear the sirens on the way to the capitol. He finished at 1:15…Antifa showed up on the west side with gas masks, helmets and shields, one was arrested in July…See the documentary Capitol Punishment enough to make you wonder what has happened to america when hundreds can be imprisoned just for showing up in the crowd turned in by neighbors who knew they were going to the rally but did nothing wrong. No due process, no court case, no lawyers, etc. one committed suicide when threatened with long prison term if he didn’t confess…you never saw a lot of coverage except for DC cable because the networks didn’t bother to cover it…They covered the Capitol with selfie videos…..the story isn’t complete and they will never show you the coverage….see RSB Jan 6 for addl info

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