Could Marjorie Taylor Greene be blocked from her duties?

A federal judge will have the final say this week on whether a group of voters seeking to block Marjorie Taylor Greene from mounting a re-election campaign will see their case advance or end in failure.

The controversial Georgia congresswoman is the second House GOP member to be targeted in a legal effort to prevent outspoken supporters of former President Donald Trump’s attempts to nullify the 2020 election from seeking office under the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, which prohibits those who “engage in an insurrection or rebellion” against the United States from holding federal office.

A similar effort against Rep Madison Cawthorn has failed in recent weeks in North Carolina. But some Democrats are finding reason to hope this time will be different for one key reason: Judge Amy Totenberg.

Ms. Totenberg, the sister of NPR Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg, was nominated to the bench by former President Barack Obama, unlike the Trump-appointed judge who rejected the bid to oust Mr. Cawthorn of his duties in North Carolina. She has issued rulings in the past that have challenged Republican state officials who sought to quickly certify the disputed 2018 gubernatorial race and also blocked a GOP-led effort to end touchscreen voting. in the state ; for these and other reasons, she is seen as potentially more sympathetic to the effort than was the judge in the case of Mr. Cawthorn, a Tory and member of the Federalist Society.

Ms Greene’s fate also faces new questions after Judge Totenberg said on Friday she had “significant questions and concerns” about the ruling last month allowing Mr Cawthorn to run for a second term without hindrance.

Meanwhile, Judge Totenberg said she would rule on Ms Greene’s attempt to dismiss the case this week. A lawyer affiliated with the plaintiffs in the case said The Independent Monday that they were still awaiting a decision before the end of the day.

Ms Greene is represented by the same lawyer, James Bopp Jr., who represented Mr Cawthorn in his case.

“This is a concerted and well-funded national effort to undermine our democracy by disqualifying eligible people from running for office,” Mr. Bopp said last month of efforts to disqualify Mr. Cawthorn and other members of Congress who supported false claims about a stolen election. in 2020 and 2021.

One of the issues likely to come to court if the case is cleared is whether Ms Greene was involved in organizing or planning a ‘Stop the Steal’ themed rally in Washington on day of the attack on Congress.

rolling stone reported in late 2021 that Ms Greene had been accused by at least one rally organizer of involvement, a charge her office denied.

“I specifically remember Marjorie Taylor Greene,” said a person described as the organizer of one of the two rallies that day. rolling stone in October. “I remember talking to probably close to a dozen other members at one time or another or their staff.”

Ms Greene’s spokesman Nick Dyer replied at the time: “MP Greene and her staff were focused on the Congressional election objection to the House and had nothing to do with planning a expression.”

The legal argument being decided this week centers on whether a post-Civil War law intended to facilitate the return of supporters of the rebel confederation to society, known as the Amnesty Act of 1872, would apply in Mrs. Greene’s case, as decided by the North Carolina judge. not for Mr. Cawthorn.

According to CNN, Judge Totenberg questioned last week whether this law was meant to apply to future cases of rebellion or insurrection, saying, “I don’t think the amnesty law was likely prospective.”

A decision this week will only determine whether the case moves forward. If Judge Totenberg rules against Ms Greene’s removal request, the road to blocking her from office would still be a long one and likely lead to a showdown at the Georgia Supreme Court.

Ms. Greene is seeking a second term in a Georgia district redrawn in her first term; As a result of that decision as well as her history of controversial comments, she faces a number of major Republican challengers as well as Democrats seeking to face her in November.

The congresswoman remains stripped of her committees after it was revealed that she had in the past expressed support for violence against Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House. She continued to seek the spotlight throughout her first term and recently made headlines after choosing to speak at a convention hosted by white nationalist Nick Fuentes.

House Republican leaders have condemned her and Mr Cawthorn in recent months, although Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has suggested he is willing to let Ms Greene return to his committees if the GOP takes over the House in autumn.

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