The lawyers bringing the new lawsuits believe they have a stronger case to prove that the elected officials in question are insurgents.
Leading up to January 6, Mr. Gosar and Mr. Biggs repeatedly posted the lie that Mr. Trump had won the election. Mr. Gosar organized some of the first “Stop the Steal” rallies to keep Mr. Trump in office, in consultation with Ali Alexander, a far-right activist, and with Mr. Finchem.
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Charges of contempt. The House voted to recommend criminal contempt for the charges by Congress against Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino Jr., two close allies of former President Donald J. Trump, after the pair subpoenaed the special commission investigating the January 6 attack. , tarted.
On December 22, 2020, Mr. Gosar and Mr. Biggs met with Mr. Trump and announced that they were working to prevent the “disenfranchisement” of Trump voters.
“This incitement will be stopped,” said Mr Gosar wrote on Twitter†
Mr. Finchem attended the January 6 meeting at the Ellipse that in many ways launched the attack on the Capitol. He said he was in Washington to provide Vice President Mike Pence with evidence of what he called Arizona election fraud. Mr. Finchem then joined the protesters who marched towards the Capitol and eventually broke through, although he did not enter the building.
And during the storming of the Capitol, Mr. Gosar used the social media site Parler, which is favored by the far right, to post an image of rioters climbing the walls of the building, which read: “Americans are upset .” As the riots raged, Mr. Gosar and Mr. Biggs led the battle for their state’s voters for Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Mr Gosar would later say that Ashli Babbitt, the rioter shot by police just outside the House chamber, had been “executed” and that the investigation “harassed peaceful patriots” on Jan. 6.
The lawsuits say their actions, “in concert with others,” demonstrate that they were “involved in the January 6 uprising” and that they are “constitutionally disqualified from running for congressional office, under the disqualification clause.”