The Biden administration shows no limit to the corrupt lawfare tactics they’ll attempt to keep Donald Trump off the ballot for the 2024 presidential election.
An advisor to Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is president of a watchdog group that filed a lawsuit to keep Donald Trump off the ballot in Colorado.
“We just sued to enforce the 14th Amendment and keep Donald Trump off the ballot in Colorado,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) stated.
BREAKING: We just sued to enforce the 14th Amendment and keep Donald Trump off the ballot in Colorado. https://t.co/Nsn4rZPqKq
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) September 6, 2023
Read the full statement from CREW:
Having disqualified himself from public office by violating Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, Donald Trump must be removed from the ballot, according to a lawsuit filed today by six Republican and unaffiliated Colorado voters including former state, federal and local officials, represented by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the firms Tierney Lawrence Stiles LLC, KBN Law, LLC and Olson Grimsley Kawanabe Hinchcliff & Murray LLC.
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, also known as the Disqualification Clause, bars any person from holding federal or state office who took an “oath…to support the Constitution of the United States” and then has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.” On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump stood before the nation and took an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” After losing the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump violated that oath by recruiting, inciting and encouraging a violent mob that attacked the Capitol on January 6, 2021 in a futile attempt to remain in office.
“If the very fabric of our democracy is to hold, we must ensure that the Constitution is enforced and the same people who attacked our democratic system not be put in charge of it,” CREW President Noah Bookbinder said. “We aren’t bringing this case to make a point, we’re bringing it because it is necessary to defend our republic both today and in the future. While it is unprecedented to bring this type of case against a former president, January 6th was an unprecedented attack that is exactly the kind of event the framers of the 14th Amendment wanted to build protections in case of. You don’t break the glass unless there’s an emergency.”
While Section 3 has not been tested often in the last 150 years, due to lack of insurrections, last year CREW represented residents of New Mexico who sued to remove county commissioner Couy Griffin from office, the only successful case to be brought under Section 3 since 1869. The judge in that case determined January 6th was an insurrection under the Constitution and that someone who helped to incite it–even if not personally violent–had engaged in insurrection and was disqualified from office.
Noah Bookbinder, the president and CEO of CREW, is a Homeland Security Advisory Council member.
From the DHS:
Mr. Noah Bookbinder became CREW’s Executive Director in March 2015 and President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2021. Under his leadership, CREW has cemented its status as a leading legal force to promote ethics in government, combat anti-democratic abuses, and reduce the influence of money in politics. Prior to joining CREW, he served from 2013 to 2015 as Director of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the United States Sentencing Commission. Before that, Mr. Bookbinder served as Chief Counsel for Criminal Justice for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked from 2005 to 2013.
Noah Bookbinder became CREW’s President in March 2015. Prior to joining CREW, he served as Director of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the United States Sentencing Commission and as Chief Counsel for Criminal Justice for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.
From 1999 to 2005, Bookbinder worked as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section. He graduated from Yale University and Stanford Law School and served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock.
Read the lawsuit HERE.
There are efforts in multiple states to kick Donald Trump off the ballot through the 14th Amendment.
New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan (R) consulted with the state’s attorney general to determine if the 14th Amendment could keep former President Donald Trump off the ballot in 2024 — Scanlan has since backed off following backlash.Advertisement
Florida attorney Lawrence Caplan and two others filed a lawsuit last week to keep Trump off the ballot citing the 14th Amendment, which was rejected by a federal judge on Friday.
Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes (D) said he was planning for the possibility of challenges to Trump’s ballot eligibility, but later admitted he doesn’t have the authority to do so.
Still, Democrats in battleground states like Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Maine are looking into the 14th Amendment lawfare strategy.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) claimed on Sept. 1 she had spoken to secretaries of state in those states to disqualify Trump from the 2024 election.
“I have said for, really since 2020, that this presidential cycle in 2024, is, I believe, in many ways going to be the grand finale of all the bumps and the challenges we’ve seen and endured since the 2020 election cycle, maybe even 2016,” Benson said.