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Commentary: We must stamp out Democrat insurrection

Democracy is under attack. Also.

The House of Representatives worked hard Saturday to pass a 45-day continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown.House Freedom Caucus refused assistance Any measures that involve financing the ongoing war in Ukraine. Aside from that strange defiance of foreign policy; blob’s However, despite my strong desire for permanent war, it was an autumn day indistinguishable from most other Washington, DC.

Until it isn’t.

Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was unbeknownst to the lawmakers who were once toiling inside the Capitol. explained in detail As “a temple to our democracy, our Constitution, and our highest ideals” – an enemy of freedom, decency, and justice, Rep. Jamal Bowman (D.Y.) has called the U.S. sacrosanct operation Congress conspired to attack.

Unfortunately, he succeeded.

At 12:05 p.m., while the budget resolution was being debated in the House of Commons, Bowman, in what can only be described as a brazen act of insurrection, set off a fire alarm to halt the debate.he was equal caught on camera I’ll do that.

We don’t know, and it may be I never have Do you know why the New York Democratic Party was so brazen in corrupting our democracy?TM (he Claim (He believed that raising the alarm would open the door), and one can assume that this was because the House of Representatives seemed ready to refuse to further involve the United States in a conflict on the other side of the world. Core national interests (certainly none that pro-Ukrainian fanatics have bothered to identify).

In any case, Bowman’s actions are within the plain text. Section 1512(c)(2) The U.S. Code states that “no matter who is corrupt… Hinderinfluence, or interfere with formal proceedings. …is subject to a fine under this title or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 20 years, or to both. ” (emphasis added). Bowman violated Section 1512 and committed a crime by setting off a fire alarm in the Cannon House office building, thereby forcing the evacuation of the Capitol during a formal proceeding of the nation’s highest legislative body. felony.

In fact, that conclusion is forced by recent research. decision The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, with a dissenting opinion from Judge Gregory G. Katsas, ruled that Section 1512 applies to hundreds of defendants on January 6th.according to julie kellyAt least 320 defendants have been charged under the same law, including former President Donald J. Trump, who has relentlessly reported on that fateful day and its aftermath.

Simply put, the difference between January 6th and Bowman’s vandalism is a difference in degree, not in kind. He should be prosecuted under Article 1512. It is irrelevant that he is a member of Congress. Article 1 Article 6 The constitution states that members of Congress “are entitled to immunity from arrest while attending the plenary sessions of their respective Houses in all cases except treason, felonies, and breaches of the peace.”

Bowman’s actions amounted to a felony. He should at least be prosecuted and arrested.Pre-trial detention, conditions under which hundreds of defendants are being held on January 6th subject toshould not be out of the question.

Basically, the United States isA government of laws, not of men.” Attorney General Merrick Garland, testify On September 20, 2023, the House Judiciary Committee announced the results that everyone had expected. The Justice Department’s job is to “protect the rule of law, which means the same laws apply to everyone. There are not laws for the powerful and laws for the powerless.” . One for the rich and one for the poor. One for the Democrats and one for the Republicans.”

Let’s hope it’s the truth and not just empty rhetoric. If that’s true, we can all take comfort in knowing that there is no separate standard of justice for “MAGA rebels” and elected officials with a “D” next to their names. .

If Mr. Garland is serious about what he says, he should instruct U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves. in charge The decision was made to prosecute the January 6 incident and to initiate charges against Bowman.

If he doesn’t do that, the next attorney general should do so if a Republican wins the White House in 2024.our democracyTM It depends.

Dion A. Katawa is a lawyer from America’s heartland. He received his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is his 2021 graduate of the Claremont Institute. John Marshall Fellowship.Please subscribe to his “”sed contra” Newsletter.

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