Watchdog Group Files Lawsuit To Bar Trump From 2024 Ballot, Citing 14th Amendment

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A Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group filed a lawsuit Wednesday to bar former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot in Colorado, citing the 14th Amendment and his alleged role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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

“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.


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“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.” (RELATED: ALAN DERSHOWITZ: No, The 14th Amendment Can’t Disqualify Trump)

Fox News legal analyst Jonathan Turley and others have said that calls to use the 14th Amendment against Trump are not realistic. (RELATED: ‘Quite Maddening’: Jonathan Turley Explains Why 14th Amendment Strategy Against Trump Is The ‘Most Dangerous Theory’)

“I think it’s the most dangerous theory that has emerged in decades. I think it’s entirely unsupported by the text and the history of the 14th Amendment. This provision was written after the Civil War of an actual rebellion where hundreds of thousands of people died — there was an army on the other side. They had their own foreign policy,” Turley said Tuesday night on Fox News.