Biden DHS Advisory Member Sues To Keep Trump Off Ballot Using 14th Amendment

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A watchdog group founded by an advisor to Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filed a lawsuit to keep former President Donald Trump off the ballot in Colorado using the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed the lawsuit Wednesday under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

CREW is headed by Noah Bookbinder, who was appointed to the DHS’s Advisory Council in March of 2022 by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

“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,” the group said in a statement on their website.

“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,” the statement continues.

“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.”

In sum, an official who answers to Joe Biden himself sued to prevent the GOP frontrunner and Biden’s main political adversary from appearing on the 2024 election ballot.

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This is the left’s latest effort to disqualify Trump from the ballot using the 14th Amendment, which the media began calling on Democrats to do just weeks ago when it became clear their four indictments against Trump only strengthened his political standing.

Shortly after the media’s clarion call for Democrats to leverage the 14th Amendment against Trump, lawmakers in numerous states began investigating ways to do just that.

“By the clear terms of the 14th Amendment, [Trump] should be disqualified from holding office,” vehement anti-Trump Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) insisted on MSNBC on Monday.

But so far, those efforts are falling flat.

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.

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.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said last month that Democrats trying to justify the use of the 14th Amendment to keep Trump off the ballot was the “single most dangerous constitutional theory I have seen pop up in decades.”

“Under the 14th Amendment, you have this bar on federal office, if you supported or if you gave aid and comfort to an insurrection or rebellion,” Turley said. “Now, of course, that brings you to the original question. What was January 6th? In the view of many citizens, including myself, it was a protest that became a riot. It was not a rebellion or insurrection. But that’s a matter of disagreement between citizens. But Donald Trump hasn’t been charged with insurrection, not even incitement. Special Counsel Jack Smith charged him with a variety of crimes like fraud. He notably did not charge him with even incitement.”

But that won’t stop the left’s attempt to weaponize the very Constitution they despise to take down Biden’s political opponent.

Notably, the U.S. Supreme Court in the coming weeks is set to deliberate on whether Trump should be allowed to appear on the 2024 ballot based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment disqualifying individuals from holding public office if they have “engaged in insurrection or rebellion.”

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