Washington State House: Rep. Matt Shea Engaged In Domestic Terrorism Against US

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Rep. Matt Shea helped "in the planning and preparation" of the armed takeover at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

An investigation commission by the Washington state House found that Rep. Matt Shea engaged in domestic terrorism against the United States before and during the armed takeover at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, according to The Seattle Times, with the Republican’s participation beginning in 2015.

The incident at the wildlife refuge was “a six-week conflict in which dozens of armed protesters occupied the refuge in rural Eastern Oregon,” ending “after one protester was shot and killed and dozens were arrested.”

Shea worked with militia leader Ammon Bundy beginning in November 2015, the 108-page report says, helping “in the planning and preparation” of the takeover.

“Representative 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 the state of Washington over a three-year period,” the Times quoted from the report. “In one conflict Representative Shea led covert strategic pre-planning in advance of the conflict.”

Republican House minority leader Rep. J.T. Wilcox said Shea “has been suspended from any role in the House Republican Caucus.”

“He should resign,” Wilcox said on Twitter. “He cannot use House Republican staff, he cannot meet with the caucus, his office will be moved.”

The report on Shea’s activities has been referred to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to Democratic House Speaker Laurie Jenkins.

“This is about a state lawmaker who, according to the investigative findings, engaged in an act of domestic terrorism rather than choosing political or legal avenues to change laws and policies he disagrees with,” Jinkins said. “This is why we believe formal action needs to be taken that sends a clear message upholding the values of a free and democratic society, and supports the safety of all Washingtonians.”

Shea is resisting calls for his resignation, writing in a Facebook post: “I will not back down, I will not give in, I will not resign. Stand strong fellow Patriots.”

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