Connections to New Mexico from the fifth January 6 select committee hearing

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Hearings continued for the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection on Thursday. There are new ties to New Mexico and an update on penalties for possible crimes in the state.

The committee included testimony about how former President Donald Trump allegedly lobbied the Justice Department to help overturn the election results.

Yvette Herrel

There were several new developments, including the proposal to shield New Mexico Congresswoman Yvette Herrell — in the form of a pardon.

The committee uncovered evidence that Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks had requested that several people be cleared of any consequences in connection with the nullification of the election results beforehand. Just hours after that chaotic day, Jan. 6 last year, Herrell was one of 147 Republicans who voted not to certify Joe Biden’s victory. Brooks reportedly apologized for each of them.

Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, who represents parts of southern Colorado, voted similarly.

Punishment for crimes in NM?

New Mexico’s chief prosecutor is investigating the possibility of criminal penalties. Attorney General Hector Balderas said his office is still investigating the existence of criminal activity here – people working together to alter the results of the 2020 election in the state.

Balderas said he couldn’t comment on what specific activity his office might investigate, but noted that the state has legal restrictions on the behavior of “voters.”

New Mexico has asked a group of Republicans to send a document to Washington saying they are certifying Donald Trump as the winner in New Mexico – despite the results showing he lost. They called themselves “substitute voters”.

Otero County

The attorney general is also raising new concerns about other efforts to resist the election results. Otero County commissioners debated the non-certification of recent primary results.

Now, Balderas is calling on state lawmakers, saying they must take action to give the law more teeth — to give more resources to investigations into elected officials who may not be performing their duties.

“There could be exposure to an attempt to manipulate our electoral system,” Balderas said. “Now I think what we’re realizing is that people are getting more and more sophisticated. There are easier ways to overturn the will of voters. We need to modernize it the same way banking systems and other systems have modernized. »

As for the Otero County commissioners, including Couy Griffin, founder of the Cowboys for Trump, Balderas told KOB 4 he was ready to leave after removing them from office if they did not relent.

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