A county official in New Mexico who was convicted of getting into a
restricted area during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol ought to be
instantly removed from business for his involvement in an insurrection,
a judge determined Tuesday.
District Courtroom Decide Francis Mathew
that Couy Griffin, an Otero County commissioner, is now disqualified
from holding general public office environment because he violated
Area 3 of the Fourteenth Modification
by participating in the Jan. 6 siege.
“He took an oath to support the Structure of the United States …
[and then] engaged in that insurrection right after getting his oath,” Choose
Loads, as they say, to unpack (and apply domestically) listed here.
But let’s commence with the 14th Modification. NPR’s backlink previously mentioned will get us the text:
No human being shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector
of President and Vice-President, or maintain any business office, civil or armed service,
underneath the United States, or beneath any Condition, who, getting earlier
taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United
States, or as a member of any Condition legislature, or as an government or
judicial officer of any State, to help the Structure of the United
States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion versus the
exact, or provided assist or ease and comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may
by a vote of two-thirds of each individual Residence, get rid of this sort of incapacity. [Emphases added.]
And now this is the oath that St Sen (and now GOP cand. for PA Gov) Doug Mastriano took when joining the Pennsylvania State Senate:
I do solemnly swear that I will assist, obey
and defend the Structure of the United States and the
Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the
duties of my workplace with fidelity.
And in this article is evidence of Doug (and his spouse, BTW) going for walks really close to The Capitol on January 6. He’s in the yellow box:
This is right after Doug (and his wife, BTW) crossed the barricades.
Now let’s just take a search at some of the passages of the ruling in opposition to Couy Griffin, that “Cowboys for Trump” man:
The Court docket concludes that Mr. Griffin’s crossing of barricades to approach the Capitol have been overt acts in assist of the insurrection, as Griffin’s presence closer to the Capitol developing amplified the insurrectionists’ intimidation by quantities. Mr. Griffin’s marching with the mob all the way to the inaugural stage, realizing the mob’s insurrectionary objective, similarly constitutes an overt act. (p.36)
Uh-oh, Doug. Didn’t you cross the barricades?
Upcoming paragraph from the ruling:
Mr. Griffin aided the insurrection even however he did not individually have interaction in violence. By signing up for the mob and trespassing on limited Capitol grounds, Mr. Griffin contributed to delaying Congress’s election-certification proceedings. The constitutionally- mandated proceedings could not resume till all members of the mob, like Mr. Griffin, were being taken off from the limited spot. (p. 36)
Double uh-oh, Doug.
I comprehend that you can find no proof of Doug Mastriano (or his wife, BTW) truly moving into The Capitol making. Nor has there been (to my awareness, at least) any legal action taken against possibly for trespassing on the Capitol grounds.
But just realizing that someone someplace was barred from workplace (by way of the 14th Modification) for collaborating in Trump’s tried coup warms my heart since I know it could (may not, in all probability not but it could) take place below.
Bottom line: Point out Senator Doug Mastriano violated his oath of office environment by participating in Donald Trump’s extra-authorized strategy to remain in business just after shedding the 2020 election to President Joe Biden.
And as these, he does not have earned to hold any public place of work everywhere ever all over again.