Yesterday evening, with the unanimous approval of a resolution, the Lassen County Democratic Central Committee strutted onto the national stage and joined the chorus of liberal North State voices seeking the removal of District 1 Representative Doug LaMalfa and other congressmen who questioned the results of the Nov. 3 Presidential Election.
A second unanimously approved resolution seeks an immediate trial and removal of U.S. President Donald Trump.
The Butte County Democratic Party, the Democratic Central Committee of Siskiyou County also have called for LaMalfa to step down, and in a Jan. 12 editorial only subscribers can read, the Chico Enterprise Record, too, called for LaMalfa’s resignation.
According to the first local resolution, LaMalfa and other Republican representatives and senators “have committed numerous treasonous offenses, the latest of which include repeated and baseless accusations that the federal election results were fraudulent, and encouraging and inciting lawless, armed mobs of White supremacists and extremist Trump supporters who hoisted Confederate and Trump flags and attacked Congress in our nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 … ”
The resolution alleges LaMalfa, “committed the grave crime of sedition against his country through his efforts to prevent the certification of the 2020 election by being one of the 138 Republic House members who voted to overturn the election after the insurrection of our nation’s capitol … ”
The resolution alleges LaMalfa violated his oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.
The resolution also calls for the passage of Resolution 25 calling for “the investigation of, sanction against and possible expulsion of Republican members of the ‘Sedition Caucus … ”
Mark Spannagel, LaMalfa’s chief of staff, responded to Lassen News’ request for comment with a brief statement.
“Congressman LaMalfa will not be resigning,” Spannagel wrote. “He was overwhelmingly re-elected just two months ago. Everyone is free to have their own opinions, but calling on a member of Congress to resign because you don’t like the way he voted on items before Congress is absurd.”
The second local resolution seeks an immediate trial and the removal of President Trump.
According to that resolution, President “Trump has committed numerous treasonous offenses, the latest of which include repeated and baseless accusations that the federal election results were fraudulent, and encouraging and inciting lawless, armed mobs of white supremacists and extremist Trump supporters who hoisted Confederate and Trump flags and attacked Congress in our nation’s Capitol on January 6, 2021, resulting in the death of at least one government employee, and planted IEDs at the DNC and RNC in an effort to forcibly overturn the results of the election, and who also mobilized into mobs for the purpose of violently accosting elected officials and people of color at multiple other state capitols, governor’s mansions, and locations like downtown Los Angeles … ”
According to the resolution, “the Lassen County Democratic Party urges Leader McConnell to reconvene the senate immediately for purposes of convicting Trump, which will both prevent him from ever holding elected office again and prevent him from further causing harm to the Republic during his final week in office … ”
Letter to Pelosi
In a letter to Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, signed by committee chair Jacob Hibbitts, the committee alleges LaMalfa “engaged in seditious behavior and thus violated his oath of office.”
“… His refusal to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory in the days after the November election demonstrates his clear intent to work on behalf of Trump to overturn the election result. Congressman LaMalfa challenged the results in both Arizona and Pennsylvania just hours after a group of people forced their way into the Capitol building.
“Furthermore, Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution was clearly enacted for the purpose of expelling members who engage in the type of seditious act that Doug LaMalfa committed on Jan 7, 2021: ‘No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.’
“Through his actions, we strongly believe Doug LaMalfa has committed the grave crime of sedition against this country, and is therefore no longer fit to serve in the United States House of Representatives.
“We both call on him to resign, and urge you and your Democratic Congressmembers to join Rep. Cori Bush in passing House Resolution 25, to call for the investigation of, sanction against, and possible expulsion of Republican members of what is now known as the Congressional “Sedition Caucus”, which includes our own Congressman, Doug LaMalfa.”
Letter to McConnell
Hibbitts wrote another letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“On behalf of the members of the Lassen County Democratic Party, I urge you to take on the task of holding President Donald J Trump accountable for his crimes of inciting the deadly January 6 insurrection of our Nation’s Capitol,” Hibbitts wrote.
“We urge you to call an immediate session of the Senate to hold this president accountable for the first time in your role at Senate Majority Leader.
“Upon the success of the Jan. 13 bipartisan impeachment of the President in the US House of Representatives, we urge you to take up the task of beginning an immediate Senate trial into the President’s conduct.
“To refuse to remove this president immediately would be dangerous to the lives and freedom of the American people, and most likely a devastation to our Democratic Republic.”