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Legal effort expands to disqualify Republicans as ‘insurgents’

The lawyers bringing the new lawsuits believe they have a stronger case to show that the elected officials in question are insurgents.

As Jan. 6 approached, Mr. Gosar and Mr. Biggs repeatedly published the lie that Mr. Trump had won the election. Mr. Gosar organized some of the first rallies for “Stop the Steal,” the movement to keep Mr. Trump in power, in coordination with Ali Alexander, a far-right activist, and with Mr. Finchem.

On December 22, 2020, Mr. Gosar and Mr. Biggs met with Mr. Trump and announced that they were working to prevent the “disenfranchisement” of Trump voters.

“This sedition will be stopped,” Mr. Gosar said wrote on Twitter.

Mr. Finchem attended the rally at the Ellipse on Jan. 6 that, in many ways, launched the attack on the Capitol. He said he was in Washington to provide evidence to Vice President Mike Pence of what he said was Arizona election fraud. Mr. Finchem then joined the protesters who marched towards the Capitol and eventually raped it, although he did not enter the building.

And during the Capitol storming, Mr. Gosar used the far-right-favoured social media site Parler to post an image of rioters scaling the building’s walls, writing, “Americans are upset “. As the riot raged, Mr. Gosar and Mr. Biggs led the effort to challenge voters in their state for Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Mr Gosar would later say that Ashli ​​Babbitt, the rioter shot dead by police just outside the House chamber, had been ‘executed’ and the January 6 inquest was ‘harassing peaceful patriots “.

The lawsuits state that their actions, “taken in concert with others”, establish that they “engaged in the January 6 insurrection” and are “therefore constitutionally disqualified from running for election to Congress, in under the disqualification clause”.


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