Washington state GOP Rep. Matt Shea has been busted in a domestic terrorism scandal so big that even his Republican colleagues are calling for his resignation. But he is refusing to resign, all while invoking President Donald Trump in a post on social media.
After an exhaustive investigation, a 108-page report found that Shea was deeply involved in several domestic terrorism plots against the federal government, all of which could have resulted in police officers and federal agents being killed by right-wing militia members.
According to Spokane, Washington station KHQ:
The report identifies three main conflicts and eight findings related to Shea. Those conflicts include a 2014 standoff in Bunkerville, Nevada, a standoff in Priest River, Idaho in 2015 and the Malheur Wildlife takeover in 2016.
According to the report, Shea was not a passive observer of those militia standoffs with government officials as he claimed to be while speaking to House Ethics investigators.
Instead, Shea participated as an active member in the standoffs, helping to plan and execute the incidents.
During the Priest River standoff and the Malheur Wildlife Standoff, the report reveals Shea used secretive websites and encrypted emails to distribute what were essentially marching orders to hundreds of armed militia members.
Shea reportedly planned in-person meet ups, including one at a Spokane area restaurant following the Bundy Standoff in 2014, where he called for the stockpiling of weapons and ammunition.
Shea’s apparent goal was to violently overthrow our democracy and replace it with a theocracy.
A lawmaker conspiring with right-wing militia members to commit acts of domestic terrorism should no longer be in public office, which is why Shea has been expelled from the caucus. Democrats and Republicans alike have condemned him and are calling for him to resign, including House Minority Leader JT Wilcox.
Rep. Matt Shea has been suspended from any role in the House Republican Caucus. He should resign. He cannot use House Republican staff, he cannot meet with the caucus, his office will be moved. https://t.co/AATHOHuO31
— Rep. JT Wilcox (@jtwilcox111) December 20, 2019
But Shea defiantly refused to resign in a Facebook post in which he refers to investigations of President Donald Trump as a “sham” and that the investigation linking him to domestic terrorism is also some kind of liberal plot.
“Like we are seeing with our president, this is a sham investigation meant to silence those of us who stand up against attempts to disarm and destroy our great country,” Shea wrote. “I will not back down, I will not give in, I will not resign. Stand strong, fellow patriots.”
Matt Shea is a domestic terrorist who clearly intends to continue his un-American activities, much to the delight of Trump supporters. And that’s why he should be expelled from the statehouse and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This kind of behavior is unacceptable from anyone, but most especially from a lawmaker. He took an oath to defend the Constitution, not overthrow it.
And if something is not done soon, the report also warns that Shea will likely engage in future plots.
Based on evidence obtained in this investigation, it is more probable than not that Rep Shea is likely to plan direct and engage in additional future conflicts that could carry with them significant risk of bloodshed and loss of life.
Clearly, the time for action to prevent future violence is now.
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