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.

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