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Democrats are hoping to win the 2022 midterm elections by disqualifying Republicans who supported the challenge against the 2020 election outcomes as “insurrectionists” on January 6, the anniversary of last year’s Capitol riot.
Russia-collusion hoaxer Marc Elias is spearheading a campaign to use a provision of the 14th Amendment that was added in order to disqualify former Confederates or anyone who “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof” from holding office at the national level. The effort has been pushed by Elias for months.
As the main election lawyer for the Democratic Party, Elias has worked closely with leaders at both the state and national levels.
Several liberal groups – including one which calls itself “Free Speech for People” – have followed suit. According to a statement released Wednesday they stated as follows:
Nonprofit public interest organizations Free Speech For People and Our Revolution today announced a partnership to urge Secretaries of State to bar elected officials who engaged in the January 6, 2021 insurrection from appearing on any future ballot.
“Secretaries of State have a duty to ensure that candidates who seek to appear on their state ballots meet the constitutional qualifications for serving in public office,” says Alexandra Flores-Quilty, Campaign Director for Free Speech For People, “Those who violated their oath of office by engaging in the violent January 6th insurrection do not meet these terms. Thus, we are urging election officials to make clear that insurrectionists such as President Trump and his Congressional allies are barred from ever again holding public office, as is required under the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution.”
“On many levels, our democracy is under threat, and grassroots activists are ready to stand up to defend it,” said Paco Fabián, Director of Campaigns for Our Revolution. “We need to demand that our election officers follow the rule of law and ensure that current and former elected officials who participated in the January 6th insurrection are barred from appearing on any future ballot.”
Those who supported President Donald Trump’s team in encouraging challenges to the election results in Congress are defined as taking part in the insurrection, according to the coalition. It cites a Rolling Stone report to support its claim and identifies several incumbent Republican members of Congress that it would disqualify for questioning the outcome of the 2020 election.
There have already been calls from Democrats for the disqualification of Republicans who merely signed legal briefs to support election challenges in court. Jonathan Turley, a liberal constitutional scholar opposed to the disqualification effort recently stated that the U.S. has firmly opposed such efforts in other countries, such as Iran.
Furthermore, it has been repeatedly demonstrated that many Democrats have objected to election results being certified in the past, and Elias himself led the Democrats’ efforts to claim that Trump’s election in 2016 was illegal because of “Russian collusion.”
Many of the Democratic Party’s own members – including Joe Biden – would be disqualified by this new standard.
Of course, if Republicans wanted to take the same tack, they could go after Democrats who gave tacit approval to Antifa and BLM rioters and looters.
Democrats aren’t just going after Republican elected officials, or those seeking office, they are going after media personalities who support former President Trump. Surely Democrats will try to have them removed from the airwaves in the process.
Congressional investigators probing the Jan. 6 Capitol violence asked Fox News personality Sean Hannity, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, to appear before them on Wednesday. This was part of the committee’s continued effort to widen its scope. The committee has yet to probe whether FBI agents or informants acted as agent provocateurs who purposefully incited the crowd to violence on that day, though.
The Democratic chairman of the panel, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, said in a letter to Hannity that the panel wants him to answer questions about his communications with former President Donald Trump, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and others in Trump’s orbit as the violence unfolded.
Thompson stated in his letter: “The Select Committee has immense respect for the First Amendment to our Constitution, freedom of the press, and the rights of Americans to express their political opinions freely. For that reason, we do not intend to seek information from you regarding your broadcasts on radio or television, your public reporting or commentary, or your political views regarding any candidate for office.”
The chairman added, however, that the committee is also required to investigate the dozens of texts it has in its possession from Dec. 31, 2020, to Jan. 20, 2021, as well as communications between Hannity, Trump, and Meadows regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and Trump’s failed attempts to contest it.
The J6 inquisition committee has also subpoenaed Sebastian Gorka, and Gorka is fighting back.
Gorka, a conservative talk show host who was an aide to former President Donald Trump, has filed suit against the House committee investigating the Capitol attack and Verizon to prevent them from subpoenaing his phone records.
The subpoena was issued by the committee’s chairman Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, in December. It requested Verizon turn over Gorka’s phone records for the period between November 2020 and January of the following year.
In the filing, Gorka’s lawyers claimed that the committee “abused its power by unlawfully subpoenaing a cell phone service provider” to hand over call records from Gorka. According to them, Gorka had not been directly asked to provide the documents and was not asked to answer questions.
Gorka, who was Trump’s national security adviser during his first year in office, did not sponsor any events on Jan. 6 and wasn’t present at the Capitol on that day, according to his attorneys.