A lawsuit seeks to prevent the re-election of Marjorie Taylor Greene | Politics News
The legal tender says the Republican should be disqualified from running for Congress because of her support for the Capitol riot.
A group of Georgia voters on Thursday called on state officials to bar Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from running for office, alleging she is unfit for office because of her support for rioters who attacked the United States Capitol.
In a legal challenge filed with the Georgian secretary of state, voters say Greene violated a provision of the US Constitution known as the “insurgent disqualification clause.”
The clause, passed after the 19th century American Civil War, bars politicians from running for Congress if they have engaged in ‘insurrection or rebellion’ against the United States, or ‘aid or comfort’ enemies of the nation.
Georgia voters are represented by Free Speech For People, a Texas-based advocacy group that had issued a similar challenge to Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorn’s credentials.
A federal judge dismissed the Cawthorn case on March 4, but Free Speech for People urged North Carolina officials to appeal the ruling.
Greene’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Reuters news service.
Greene downplayed and justified the Jan. 6, 2021 attack, in which Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, battling with police and sending lawmakers running for their lives after a fiery speech by Trump near the White House claiming his election defeat was a result of widespread fraud.
“January 6 was just a riot on Capitol Hill and if you think about what our Declaration of Independence says, it says overthrow tyrants,” Greene said on a radio show in October.
The legal challenge will be heard by an administrative law judge. Greene could also ask a federal judge to step in and block the challenge.
“After being sworn to defend and protect the Constitution, before, on, and after January 6, 2021, Greene willfully aided and engaged in insurrection to obstruct the peaceful transfer of presidential power,” the lawsuit states.
Some legal experts have expressed skepticism about Free Speech For People’s arguments.
Derek Muller, a law professor at the University of Iowa, said it would be unconstitutional for Georgia election officials to remove Greene from the ballot. The Constitution does not give states the power to assess a congressional candidate’s eligibility for office, reserving that power to Congress, he said.
“Georgia has no jurisdiction to assess the eligibility of a candidate for Congress today,” Muller said in an email.
“Even if Ms. Greene were an insurgent, Congress has the power to lift that bar, which it could do at any time before she presents her credentials to Congress next year if re-elected.”
Earlier this year, social media platform Twitter said it had permanently suspended Greene’s personal account for violating its misinformation policy by spreading false claims about COVID-19.
After the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, House Democrats sharply rebuked the freshman lawmaker by voting to strip her of committee duties for the “hostile” social media posts that included a suggestion that President Nancy Pelosi should be executed.
Some Democrats had called for his impeachment from Congress for his previous endorsement of QAnon conspiracy theories that the mass school shootings were “false flag” events and called for violence against Democratic politicians. But Democrats lack the votes that would be needed to achieve the two-thirds majority required to impeach her.
In 2021, House Democrats impeached Trump for instigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, but the former president was acquitted by Senate Republicans.