On Friday afternoon, a Georgia judge ruled that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s name can run for re-election, after her eligibility was challenged for allegedly engaging in the January 6 riot at the Capitol building.
According to the Associated Press, State Administrative Law Judge Charles Beaudrot announced that Greene is eligible to run for election, rejecting allegations brought forth by a group of voters.
The ruling comes after a daylong hearing in April in which Greene was extensively questioned in regards to her beliefs and her actions on January 6.
Georgia state law says that Beaudrot must submit his findings to Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who will issue the final decision on whether Greene should be removed from the ballot.
Green said during the hearing that she and her staff had been busy preparing to object to the certification of the 2020 election. While she acknowledged supporting the Trump rally, she said she had no knowledge of plans to storm the Capitol building.
Greene said that during the riot she feared for her safety, and that she used her social media to issue posts encouraging people to remain safe and calm.
Ron Fein, a lawyer for the voters who filed the challenge, claimed Greene "urged, encouraged and helped facilitate violent resistance to our own government, our democracy and our Constitution," concluding: "She engaged in insurrection."
The group of voters that brought forth the allegations claimed that the Congresswoman had played a significant role in the January 6 riot that say the certification of the 2020 election being disrupted.
Lawyers argued that she had violated the 14th amendment. The clause they claim she had violated states: "No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress... shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof."
Greene’s lawyer, James Bopp, argued that Greene had engaged in protected speech, and that she had been a victim of the riot, rather than a participant.
Bopp said the challenge amounts to an attempt “to deny the right to vote to the thousands of people living in the 14th District of Georgia by removing Greene from the ballot."
The complaint was filed by Free Speech for People, a national election and campaign finance reform group, on behalf of five voters that reside within Greene’s district.
Greene has reportedly filed a federal lawsuit challenging the 14 amendment that was used to argue that she is not eligible for reelection. According to the Associated Press, that suit is still pending.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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