Ongoing proceedings in case of expulsion of Marjorie Taylor Greene from the ballot

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ATLANTA – Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is expected to testify under oath on Friday about her role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol in a case to disqualify her from seeking re-election.

The case was brought by Free Speech for People, a campaign finance reform organization on behalf of a group of Greene District voters. The reform group alleges that Greene, who has become a lightning rod for controversy and earned a reputation as one of the most far-right members of the Republican Party, helped facilitate the rampage of the Capitol in an effort to prevent certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election. to win.

In his opening statement, Ron Fein, legal director of Free Speech for People, said “this was not the type of insurgency where leaders stood in Richmond, Virginia, giving long speeches.”

“On the contrary, the leaders of this insurgency, of which there were a number, were among us – on Facebook, Twitter and corners of social media that would make your stomach ache. The evidence will show that Marjorie Taylor Greene was one of them,” Fein said.

Greene’s attorney, James Bopp, argued that free speech for the people wants to “deny the right to vote to thousands of people in Georgia’s 14th District by removing Greene from the ballot.”

“Voters have the right to vote for the candidate of their choice unless there is a very compelling – not rhetorical – legal justification for doing so,” Bopp said.

In an interview, Fein said the case “could also set a national precedent for other members of Congress and officials who broke their oath and aided the insurgency and including, if he chooses to run for office. again in 2024, former President Donald Trump”.

Greene dismissed the claims against her.

“They want to talk about the ‘big lie?’ That’s the ‘big lie’ and they’re destroying democracy,” Greene said. of the case during an interview Tuesday with One America News.

Trump weighed in on the matter on Thursday afternoon in a statement criticizing Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger – both Republicans – for allowing “a horrible thing to happen to a very popular Republican” . Trump lamented that Greene, one of his closest congressional allies, is “now living hell in their bid to unseat her, just more of an election mess in Georgia.”

Since his 2020 loss in the state, Trump has aggressively spewed baseless accusations about the state’s electoral systems and lambasted GOP lawmakers who have not acquiesced to his false claims. Trump endorsed key challengers Kemp and Raffensperger.

Analysis: dissecting the attempted disqualification of Marjorie Taylor Greene for insurrection

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg ruled on Monday that the case could proceed, a decision that contrasts with other lawsuits against members of Congress for their alleged roles in the Jan. 6 attack. Free Speech for People filed a similar lawsuit against Rep. Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.), but he successfully sued in federal court to block the proceedings. The organization has also filed lawsuits against Representatives Paul A. Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona.

Greene attempted to prevent the trial from proceeding by seeking an injunction and a temporary restraining order, but Totenburg denied the request. The MP has criticized the fact that the media will be allowed to attend the proceedings on Friday before an administrative judge.

Free Speech for People plans to call two witnesses. The first, Gerard Magliocca, professor of constitutional law at Indiana University, has written extensively on congressional amnesty and the 14th Amendment., which prohibits those who have “engaged in an insurrection or rebellion” from holding federal office. The class attorney should then question Greene.


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