Many state lawmakers want Rep. Matt Shea to resign after an independent investigation alleged he engaged in domestic terrorism, but expelling him from the Legislature could end up being a tougher sell.
Rep. Matt Shea allegedly engaged in domestic terrorism
Incoming Washington House Speaker Laurie Jinkins has been clear about what she believes Shea’s future in Olympia should look like, but at the APs legislative preview session, she was also realistic about the obstacles.
“I cannot expel him without a super-majority vote — I don’t know who this is going to end up,” she noted.
A recent House report alleges that Shea, as a leader in the Patriot Movement, “planned, engaged in, and promoted a total of three armed conflicts of political violence against the United States Government in three states outside of Washington over a three-year period.”
The report further alleges Shea engaged in armed conflict at Bunkerville, Nevada in April 2014, the conflict at Priest River, Idaho in 2015, engaged in calls and planning of the 2016 takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and met with refuge armed occupiers in Burns, Oregon.
On the Republican side, minority leader J.T. Wilcox is resolute about the need for Shea to resign, and stands by suspending him from the caucus, but without a criminal conviction. That being said, he also doesn’t completely stand behind a full expulsion from the Legislature, instead putting the decision to Shea’s own district.
“It’s up to the voters to decide who’s in the chamber,” said Rep. Wilcox, pointing out that the only expulsion

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