Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is dealing with requires her arrest over her feedback this weekend concerning the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot, however authorized specialists say the congresswoman is “protected” from being prosecuted over these remarks.
On Saturday, Greene appeared at a dinner organized by the New York Young Republican Club and stated throughout her speech that if she had organized the assault on the Capitol, “we would have won.”
“Not to mention, we would’ve been armed,” she added.
In response, the White House condemned Greene for boasting “that she would have succeeded in an armed insurrection against the United States government.” Political commentators additionally known as for her arrest, citing sedition, which is formally charged as “seditious conspiracy” beneath the U.S. felony code.
However, as a result of sedition is a vaguely outlined offense, authorized specialists say Greene’s feedback do not face any authorized repercussions.
Ion Meyn, an assistant legislation professor on the University of Wisconsin, advised Newsweek that though Greene could face unfavourable social penalties for her rhetoric, her feedback on an occasion that has already occurred fall beneath “protected speech.”
“Engaging in hypotheticals about events that already happened is not a crime,” Meyn stated.
Former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani agreed, saying the circumstances surrounding her feedback additionally fall wanting classifying as seditious conspiracy.
Seditious conspiracy is described by the felony code as when “two or more persons in [the U.S.] conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States.”
“We don’t have that here,” Rahmani advised Newsweek. “It also requires an actual step in furtherance of the conspiracy, and not just words. That requirement isn’t met either.”
“Without more, Greene’s words are just that: words. She can’t be prosecuted for words alone,” he added.
Meyn additionally cautioned towards attempting to bend or stretch the definition of phrases carrying authorized weight as a result of doing so might ship democracy down a slippery slope. He stated that suggesting Greene is inciting riot together with her remarks would settle for a “sweeping interpretation” that might “introduce us to a darker chapter of our political dysfunction.”
Meyn added that implementing sedition broadly might additionally “do serious harm to democracy” by inflicting an even bigger downside—as a menace to free speech.
On Monday, Greene defended her feedback as “sarcasm” and accused the Biden administration of “trying to weaponize” her joke.
In an announcement shared to social media, the congresswoman stated her remarks expressed her help for the Second Amendment and added that she would “never allow the White House, Democrats, or the media to continue to accuse me of something I had nothing to do with.”