The Washington Post
Judge removes official over role on Jan. 6
A New Mexico judge ruled Tuesday that Couy Griffin, a county commissioner and cofounder of Cowboys for Trump, is disqualified from continuing to serve in office because of his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Plaintiffs in the case argued that Griffin’s presence among the rioters that day disqualified him from serving under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. That section prohibits anyone from holding federal or state office who took an oath to support the Constitution and then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” or gave “aid or comfort” to insurrectionists.
The decision marks the first time since 1869 that a court has disqualified a public official under the provision and the first time that any court has ruled that the events of Jan. 6 were an insurrection, according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which represented New Mexico residents in the case.
District Judge Francis J. Mathew agreed that Griffin’s actions, though nonviolent, met the definition of disqualifying behavior.
In March, a federal judge found Griffin, an Otero County commissioner, guilty of a misdemeanor charge of illegally entering or remaining on restricted grounds. Griffin is a founder of the group Cowboys for Trump and a fervent supporter of the former president.