Following Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’s decision ruling Donald Trump disqualified under the 14th Amendment and thus barred from the primary ballot in Maine, CREW President Noah Bookbinder released the following statement:
“Tonight’s decision in Maine reaffirms the ruling last week by the Colorado Supreme Court: Donald Trump is disqualified from the presidency under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, after he engaged in insurrection on January 6th, 2021. Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’s thorough decision leaves no doubt that Trump’s violation of his oath requires his disqualification from office. Tonight’s decision relied heavily on the precedents CREW’s clients set first in New Mexico in 2022, then again in Colorado last week. These decisions make it clear that nobody, including the former president, is above the law.”
CREW provided an affidavit to verify for the Maine proceeding the authenticity of certain court records from its trial in Colorado to disqualify Trump earlier this year, and those records figured prominently in the Maine decision. Trump was ordered removed from the ballot there last week in a historic ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court in a case brought by six Republican and unaffiliated Colorado voters represented by CREW and the firms Tierney Lawrence Stiles LLC, KBN Law, LLC and Olson Grimsley Kawanabe Hinchcliff & Murray LLC.