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April 4, 2024

Republican Impeachment Resolution Denies “Alleged” Jan 6 Insurrection

Resolution sponsored by House Minority Leader and all but two House Republicans seeks to impeach Secretary of State for agreeing with Colorado Supreme Court that Trump engaged in insurrection against the US

DENVER, CO - House Speaker Julie McCluskie today released the following statement on HR24-1006, a resolution sponsored by House Republicans to impeach the Colorado Secretary of State:

“Hearing this resolution in the Judiciary committee will limit the time wasted on this topic, while respecting that it is a top priority for House Republicans to have it introduced and openly debated. In an age when misinformation and conspiracy theories attack the integrity of our elections, we believe a public hearing to set the record straight on this issue is in the best interest of our democracy. This resolution, by the sponsor's own admission, is a political stunt to gin up MAGA support for House Republicans. It’s clear that the minority’s primary complaint is that the Secretary of State shares the view of the Colorado Supreme Court that Donald Trump engaged in insurrection against the United States. Instead of protecting our democracy, Republicans are defending Trump.” 

The resolution, sponsored by almost every House Republican, seeks to impeach the Secretary of State for agreeing with the Colorado Supreme Court that Donald Trump engaged in insurrection against the United States. The resolution claims that the Secretary’s past public statements about Trump engaging in an insurrection is grounds for impeachment. 

In the resolution, House Republicans inaccurately claim that the Secretary prevented Trump from being listed on the primary ballot, when in fact she was the defendant in a case brought by Republicans and simply followed Colorado Court rulings in executing the duties of her role. Trump was never prevented from appearing on the ballot. 

In 2022, two-thirds of House Republicans voted to thank Tina Peters and the Jan 6 insurrectionists, and disputed that Joe Biden is the duly elected President. 

The House Judiciary Committee will consider the resolution on April 9, 2024 at 1:30 PM in the Old State Library. Testimony will be limited to four witnesses selected by the resolution sponsors, House Minority Leader Pugliese and Representative Armagost, and four witnesses selected by the Chair in consultation with the Secretary of State. The Chair will allow witnesses to participate remotely, and from out of state if necessary. Secretary Griswold will also be allowed to testify for 10 minutes and respond to questions from committee members.

Witnesses will testify as panels of four, and each witness will be limited to 10 minutes. Members of the committee will have one hour to question each panel, with the time split evenly between Majority and Minority members. A letter from Representative Weissman, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, is attached and outlines the parameters for the hearing. 

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