Griffin recalled. Griffin had previously sued Toulouse Oliver claiming he was not required to register or file as a political committee. For two hours, Clements who has the rumpled look of an academic, though he lost his business school professors job last fall for refusing to wear a mask in class spoke of breached voting machines, voter roll manipulation and ballot stuffing that he falsely claims cost former president Donald Trump victory in 2020. Hed like to reinvent the sheriffs role as a brake on the governors power. What is sure to be a media circus for Alamogordo next week, Jury selection will begin Monday at the Otero County New Mexico Courthouse in the trial of the state of New Mexico v Couy Griffin, leader of Cowboys for Trump. They are wrong about voting technology, election processes, certification, and legal requirements, Skoglund said. Make them go away. , One woman told him she and others in her county were planning to have a days-long outdoor slumber party near her countys one ballot drop-box before the November election to guard it from being stuffed with ballots a fear propagated by the debunked film 2000 Mules.. Couy Griffin: As far as regret goes, I dont have any regret from that day. They have a Son Together was born in 2014. "Ive seen the same videos that you have and there were people who acted extremely foolishly and recklessly and violently, and I dont agree with any of that type of behavior," Griffin said. In Washington, prosecutors unveiled photographs of Griffin climbing a toppled fence and another barrier to access the Capitol steps. Early in his life, he struggled with drugs, alcohol and an assault conviction, he has said. The Couy Griffin Interview concerning the trial can be heard following the advertisement in the KALH Radio AlamogordoTownNews.com archives as the lead story following the weather report. Clements ended on a mournful note just before the audience began trickling out into the quiet evening, the sun setting over fields of thirsty corn. This is a nonpartisan issue, Griffin said in an interview. It singled out fraudulent audits in Maricopa County, Ariz., and Otero County as key drivers in an effort by malicious domestic actors to erode trust in American democracy. This Otero County election review is part of a nationwide trend. Weve never experienced a national coup, he told the crowd, standing before red, white and blue signs strung up alongside a bingo board. "It's been such a battle," he said. "And it forced us to go out of business and it's been something that I've never forgotten because it was so unfair and unjust.". Their additional three locations remain open. "I was raised in the shadow of a great man," he said. Who is going to break whose will? Clements said. However, the new evidence . Allison Kuhn won outstanding team leader, Otero Electric Co-op Making Progress Restoring Power in Cloudcroft, Mescalero and Mountain Villages, KALH Radio Alamogordo Town News Exclusive PreTrial Interview with Attorney Johnathon C Miller, Ole Time Revival Feel Welcome to Counselor Johnathon C Miller Sets stage for Couy Griffin Trial, 2nd Life Media AlamogordoTownNews.com Event Calendar. And I said, well, you're gonna know exactly where it's at whenever the forest catches on fire around there, because it's gonna burn the whole town down. 0:00. ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) New video shows former County Commissioner Couy Griffin getting pulled over and getting into it with police officers. The Otero controversy is far from over. Otero County commissioners in July rejected Griffins request for taxpayer-funded legal representation in the lawsuit. Published: January 6, 2022 - 1:40 PM. Manage the news you want to see, read exclusive content and explore other subscriber benefits. His grandfather Wee Griffin held the Catron County post from 1963 to 1966. Dont forget to wear your seatbelt. Some extra notes, quotes, news and notes from the Lobos Friday night basketball game in Fort Collins, Colorado. Just weeks later, in October 2021, he was fired, by his own account, for refusing to wear a mask in class. "The reports that we've subsequently seen put out by these people have been riddled with falsehoods," she said. Griffin has claimed he did not knowingly trespass. I am already bracing for a media frenzy during this time because there is so much on the line. "I've had my own family say. Today, Couy Griffin is divorced, disparaged by family and confronts a political recall drive, a state corruption investigation and federal charges. The countys attorney disagreed, calling the argument highly unlikely.. And yet he remains determined. Badou Jack - The best fighter on the Fury-Paul card was Jack, a 39-year-old Swede who has had notable success in three divisions over the past 13-plus years. In at least one case detailed in the affidavit, Griffin paid his ex-wife $350.00 from Cowboys for Trump LLC to cover his child support obligations. As per the sources, He was married to him for a long time and got divorced in 2019. He said he began examining the alleged evidence of fraud in contested states like Georgia and Pennsylvania in the days following the election, and later had some of those who claimed to have observed it firsthand appear on his YouTube videos. and signed a child-support check to his ex-wife from his Cowboys for Trump account. For years, Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin has been Donald Trump's most flamboyant supporter in New Mexico, creating spectacles and controversy in equal measure. But go ahead and do whatever you need to do.Officer: Yes, sir. Published: Saturday, August 13th, 2022 at 10:05PMUpdated: Sunday, August 14th, 2022 at 12:05AM. Thats something the media is not telling us right now, not showing us but its going to come out. Asked for comment, Erin Clements sent a video of Democratic lawmakers raising concerns about election security. Jeff Swanson, chairman of the Otero County Democratic Party, says Griffins divisive remarks hinder county efforts to secure state infrastructure spending, and he has engaged in intimidation by recording Cowboys for Trump videos from his office with a shotgun within view. Its probably why New Mexico is a toilet. At the meeting at the Nebraska senior center in early August, Clements appealed to his audience to get on social media and to keep showing up at county commission meetings, again and again, until local leaders are worn down and give in. Hes also been suspended from Facebook and banished from Native American lands in his district as he contests charges of breaking into the Capitol grounds and disrupting Congress that could carry a one-year sentence. Couy Griffin, an Otero County commissioner and co-founder of Cowboys for Trump, answers a question from the prosecution Monday, Aug. 15, at the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. His rides with Cowboys for Trump through numerous states were a reprise of proselytizing trips he made from Ireland to Jerusalem, before social media, to hand out the Gospel of John. Im not going to sit and argue with that.. David and Erin Clements claimed that the states voting tabulators are insecure and miscount votes. Washington - The founder of the "Cowboys for Trump'' organization and commissioner of Otero County, New Mexico, Couy Griffin, was sentenced Friday to 14 days in jail, a $3,000 fine, 60 hours of . "They see that I'm willing to take a stand," he said. Each played a role on Jan 6. He sees himself as governor one day. I dont have the money to go up against those kind of people, Griffin said Friday. Guitarist Ottmar Liebert bringing his unique blend of music Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra will perform with the New Mexico Philharmonic at Popejoy Hall on Saturday, March 11. He had hoped the president would address some problems with the forest near the town of Cloudcroft, which is at risk for fire. After years of unwavering support, Griffin suggested he. The county sheriffs sole duty and responsibility is to protect our individual rights, he said. 13:00, Joe Sommerlad. Hes an advocate for stricter state voting laws and a die-hard opponent of COVID-19 restrictions who says hell no to taking the vaccine. He perpetuates the former president's false claim that the 2020 elections were fraudulent. Its all falsehoods and speculation. In the search warrant documents filed with the court investigators detail that a Griffin supporter, Casey Conlee, created a Cowboys For Trump GoFundMe account to raise funds under the groups name. The first-term state representative and former Albuquerque middle school math teacher grew up in Chihuahua and has an engineering degree. Any further details regarding Kourtnie have not been disclosed yet. Couy Griffin, one of three commissioners in Otero county in southern New Mexico, was immediately removed from his position and cannot hold elected office again, Francis Mathew, a district judge in . Defiance of federal government and its oversight of public lands are staples of politics in Otero County, which spans an area three times the size of Delaware, from the dunes of White Sands National Park to the peaks of the Lincoln National Forest. Mr Griffin, a county official in Otero County, New Mexico, added that the aftermath of the election had added to difficulties with relatives and his divorced wife. With calls for an independent investigation of the Capitol siege blocked by Senate Republicans, Griffin is out on bail and speaking his mind. Why? he asked. He saw the sawmill's work as "curating" the forest. But this is also a man who beat a "Mom and Pop business" that has 5 kids out of thousands of dollars. Because I care about the truth. Couy Griffin: All of the videos that day that show Capitol police officers opening doors, fist-bumping people coming in and beating people up and assaulting people on Capitol grounds. Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I take the seatbelts very serious just because the amount of crashes weve both seen.Griffin: What is it? Officer: Reason why I stopped you, is I observed when you were back there and you werent wearing your seatbelt. Couy Griffin (via CREW legal filing) Leading First Amendment experts have weighed in on a lawsuit against a New Mexico man convicted in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, saying that he cannot use the First Amendment as a defense to the constitutional prohibition against insurrectionists holding public office. A New Mexico state judge on Thursday ordered convicted Capitol rioter Couy Griffin to be removed from his county commissioner seat, ruling that the Cowboys for Trump founder's involvement in the . Here you have Couy Griffin as Cowboys For Trump not only hiding assets from his ex-wife and son. Griffin lost that case but still appears to have failed to follow the court order. I stand before you as someone who used to be an award-winning professor, an award-winning prosecutor who is unemployed, Clements said. Couy Griffin back in court over 'Cowboys for Trump' An off-duty sheriff follows reckless driver, shoots $20,000 in mattresses donated to a local non-profit The motion said Couy Griffin "has. In Sandoval County, Clements had so riled residents that the commissioners had to be removed from the hearing room by sheriffs deputies for their safety after voting 4-1 to approve the results, according to County Commissioner Katherine Bruch, a Democrat. Anti-vaxxers quickly embraced Clements, with far-right Colorado podcaster Joe Oltmann creating an online fundraiser for him and calling him a lightning rod of truth and courage. The appeal has since brought in more than $304,000 in donations, including from donors who say they support his election integrity crusade. "And he kind of laughed and said no. Clements also asserted that the digital file containing the ballots from the 2020 elections had been deliberately wiped from the voting machines when in fact separate files are created for each election and the ballots and other records are preserved. A New Mexico county commissioner who heads Cowboys for Trump was arrested Sunday in Washington, D.C., by Capitol Police after vowing to bring back his guns for Inauguration Day. He delved into politics too, serving as a county Republican chair and as an unsuccessful Republican primary candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2014. "Never have. Dominion officials have denied all allegations made against the company, filing multibillion-dollar defamation lawsuits against various people who spread the claims. Trumps election defeat has left the 47-year-old father in a lonely fight for his political life after preaching to crowds at the U.S. Capitol siege, promising to take his guns to Bidens inauguration and landing in jail for over a week. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Couy Griffin, Cowboys for Trump founder and Otero County commissioner, was arrested last year for his . Their county attorney, R.B. But she "did not take her minor child to war with her" as Couy Griffin is doing by taking their son to President Donald Trump campaign events during a pandemic, the attorneys said. A Donald Trump supporter, Griffin founded Cowboys for Trump and listed his sister Kay Griffin as its organizer. In all, more than 400 people were charged in the insurrection, which left five dead and dozens of officers injured. I could also be in jeopardy of having my pretrial release affected from January 6th that could result in me being transferred back to the DC Gulag in Washington DC. "I do believe our elections were stolen," he said. South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh has been found guilty on all four counts in connection with the 2021 murders of . The error was quickly corrected, but the damage was done. Banned from Washington until testimony or trial, Griffin has returned to the routines of home in a tidy double-wide trailer in Tularosa, working most days as a stone mason. Many of the comments predated the 2020 election and focused on the potential for foreign interference. 2-23-23 Alamogordo Town News Thursday Edition with Anthony Lucero KALHRadio.org, Creative Arts Community Action Alert Senate Action Begins Saturday. He sees. ", "To the extent that their goal is to actually have a negative impact on voter confidence," she added, "we are very concerned about the election in 2022, and obviously in 2024.". That case was appealed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals which declined to reverse the federal district court decision, After an appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reverse the decision made by U.S. District Court's dismissal of a case where Cowboys for Trump tried to have the. The case went to federal district court where a judge dismissed Griffin's case where he tried to have the New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act declared unconstitutional. Nichols, and awarded a nearly $50,000 contract to audit about 24,000 votes to Echomail, which was among the companies who audited the 2020 vote in Maricopa County, AZ. 3 Mar. You think that the governor hates me as a county commissioner put a gun and a badge on me, and well see.. Dozens of Albuquerque Academy students volunteered to help unload and deliver the furnishings, Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer. Meanwhile, state prosecutors are investigating allegations Griffin used his office in coordination with Cowboys for Trump for personal financial gain, and signed a child-support check to his ex-wife from his Cowboys for Trump account. The criminal complaint which is basis for the lawsuit states that "on or between January 15, 2020 and March 18, 2022, Couy Griffin did willfully and knowingly violate and provision of the Campaign Reporting Act by failing to register Cowboys for Trump as a political committee with the Secretary of State, by failing to file all required finance reports and by failing to pay statutory fines for failure to file; after receiving a lawful order to do so, a misdemeanor offense.". The officers call Griffin. That is what our motive and our focus has to be. On Aug. 11, Clements and his wife presented the final findings of their audit in a special five-hour commissioners meeting, during which he got into a shouting match with the county attorney and told Holmes she should resign because it was disgusting how you fight the people. She left the meeting in tears. 2023 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Trump proposes building futuristic, Jetsons-like freedom cities on federal land, Pompeo calls $31 trillion national debt indecent at CPAC, Trump recites Pledge of Allegiance in collaboration on new song with J6 Prison Choir, Bidens laughable, late-to-the-game crackdown on massive COVID fraud. The decision was made . A recent report from congressional Democrats on election misinformation highlighted Clementss activities and concluded that the greatest current threat to democratic legitimacy now comes from lies by domestic actors who seek to convince Americans that their election systems are fraudulent, corrupt, or insecure., New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who has clashed repeatedly with Clements and his wife, said the misinformation and disinformation were being seeded as core beliefs, not just with elected officials but the general public.. Officer: Youre free to go. Griffin, an ardent conspiracy theorist who refused to certify the state's primary election results this summer in Otero County, told CNN he has been ordered to clean out his office and attacked. He says Griffin is right about lots of things, like the need for a border wall. She grew up in the U.K. and has a small jar of Marmite in her kitchen for emergencies. A jury will consider this week whether the support group . They want to destroy our country, Griffin said in a video monologue. As news of the attack came, he was in his cabin in the mountains of New Mexico with his wife and three young children. Still, loyal constituents are easy to come by in a rural county steeped in the anti-establishment, pro-gun culture that dominates southern New Mexico. SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) Cowboys for Trump cofounder Couy Griffin confronted a trial by jury Tuesday on charges that he failed to register a political organization without filing related public financial disclosures. Today, Couy Griffin is divorced, disparaged by family and confronts a political recall drive, a state corruption investigation and federal charges. "I was never involved in anything violent on that day, and there was never anything violently done around me," he said when asked about the incident. I wasnt charged with insurrection because the evidence to criminally charge me was not there according to the letter of the law, he said. The language, known as the disqualification clause, is part of a Civil War-era constitutional amendment intended to bar former Confederates from holding state or federal offices. Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin will face off in court Monday against three New Mexicans who argue in a lawsuit that he should be removed from his post as an Otero County commissioner for participating in an insurrection against the United States. US District Judge Trevor McFadden heard one day of testimony without a jury on Monday before handing down a verdict in the misdemeanor case against Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin, a. Brittany Costello: Do you personally have any of those videos? Magda Jean-Louis and Alice Crites contributed to this report. I said, God save us, please, please save our country, he recalled in a speech in Michigan last year. "And it's cost me everything - from a marriage, to finances, to friends.". Griffin and Cowboys for Trump refused to do so and the case went to arbitration. Republican primary candidates embracing Trumps stolen election rhetoric have flourished this year. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area. 13h Heading to the courthouse to hear the verdict! Griffin went to court over the seatbelt ticket where he was ordered to pay the $81 fine.