Accusation by leftists that some members of Congress supported an “insurrection” on Jan. 6, 2021 in the U.S. Capitol was deflated in a Georgia court on Friday, which cleared Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican, to run for a second term.
Judge Charles Beaudrot said Friday that the group, “Free Speech for People,” which brought the lawsuit, did not prove in any way that Greene had engaged in an insurrection, nor did she take part in plotting any attack on the Capitol.
Beaudrot said that Greene’s words were protected by the First Amendment and did not represent an attempt to overthrow the government.
In Alaska, leftists in the Alaska House of Representatives have sought to sanction Rep. David Eastman because he attended the Jan. 6, 2021 rally outside the Capitol, and had listened to the speech by former President Donald Trump.
As recent as January, Democrats in the House were trying to punish Eastman because he is a member of the Oath Keepers, whose leader has been arrested in connection with a breach of the U.S. Capitol during a protest that turned riotous.
“I think what we’ve been learning about Rep. Eastman is extremely concerning. And I think it needs to be addressed. We at least need to look into it as a Legislature and figure out what action is warranted,” said Rep. Calvin Schrage, to the Associated Press. Many a caucus meeting by the Democrats focused on what could be done about Eastman.
“This membership in the Oath Keepers is troubling,” said Rep. Matt Claman, an Anchorage Democrat, to the AP.
Schrage and Claman might take a page from what has just happened in Georgia, and earlier what happened when a similar effort was made to block Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a Republican from North Carolina, from being able to run again. He has also been cleared. The Free Speech for the People group similarly tried to keep Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, both of Arizona, from being able to run again because of things they said related to Jan. 6, 2021. The attempts to remove these Republicans from office is based on a loose interpretation of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says those who took an oath to the Constitution, and then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” may not hold office.