Matt Shea, domestic terrorism against the United States


Matt Shea, domestic terrorism against the United States.

A Republican lawmaker from Washington helped organize and promote acts of domestic terrorism and was involved in three armed conflicts against the U.S., an investigation has found.

Both Democrats and Republicans are calling for the resignation of Matt Shea after a report for the state legislature concluded he had planned, with far-right militia leader Ammon Bundy, to take over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in 2016.

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The report said that Shea, from Spokane Valley in eastern Washington, had “participated in an act of domestic terrorism” when he went to the wildlife refuge to back its armed occupation in a six-week conflict that ended after one protester was shot dead and dozens were arrested.

Shea, a lawyer who was first elected in 2008 and hosts a weekly show on the American Christian Network, was also involved in a standoff at a Nevada ranch with FBI agents in 2014. He has promoted militia training by the Patriot Movement, which is drawn from rural conservative groups who oppose the federal government.

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The report said that between 2014 and 2016, Shea had “engaged in, and promoted a total of three armed conflicts of political violence against the United States … in three states outside the state of Washington over a three-year period to include 2014, 2015 and 2016.”

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Shea also promoted violence against federal government employees and local law enforcement officers, the report said, adding that he represents “a present and growing threat of risk to others through political violence.”


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