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Republican legislator accused of "terrorism"

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Republican legislator in Washington state accused of “domestic terrorism”

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ashington state Rep. Matt Shea, a Republican, “participated in an act of domestic terrorism” when he took part in the armed Bundy militia takeover of the Oregon Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016, according to a report issued by the Washington state House and referred to the FBI.

The 108-page report said that Shea began working with militia leader Ammon Bundy in November 2015 on the “planning and preparation” of the six-week takeover, which saw dozens of armed supporters descend on the rural refuge in remote eastern Oregon. The standoff ended with dozens of arrests and the fatal FBI shooting of militia member Robert LaVoy Finicum, who was killed while trying to evade authorities.

Shea created a military-style plan for the takeover and used his status as a lawmaker to meet with law enforcement as he “gathered intelligence” before meeting with Bundy and the armed protesters, according to the report. Two other Republicans — former state Rep. Graham Hunt and former GOP lands commissioner nominee Steve McLaughlin — were also part of the planning of the occupation, the report said.

Shea had claimed to a House ethics investigator that he merely traveled to the refuge on a “fact-finding mission.” But after the refuge ended and Finicum was shot, Shea wrote on Facebook, "After much prayer, I'm afraid violence might be necessary to take our country back."

https://www.salon.com/2019/12/22/republican-legislator-in-washington-state-accused-of-domestic-terrorism/

 

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