Couy Griffen appears to have lost his civil rights, as the federal government is dragging out a case against him that is hurting his career and livelihood. The Feds appear to be doing this all because they are trying to keep video footage of Jan.6th at the US Capitol hidden that could exonerate Griffen.
“The footage is the silver bullet to take down the government’s story about what happened on Jan. 6th,” Griffen told me.
In an article for Politico titled: ‘Cowboys for Trump’ founder’s Jan. 6 case highlights challenges facing prosecutors, Kyle Cheney and Josh Grenstin wrote about the latest developments in the Federal case again Griffen, the founder of Cowboys for Trump, who was arrested for what happened on Jan. 6th.
“Prosecutors face competing pressures: an obligation to turn over exhaustive evidence to Capitol riot defendants while guaranteeing their right to a speedy trial,” the pair reported.
Key Point: Griffen is a New Mexico county official charged with two misdemeanors for breaching Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 and has faced an out-of-control government who is postponing his trial and the federal government has admitted they are refusing to release valuable footage on the events surrounding his arrest.
“Griffen expressed frustration on Monday after a federal judge set a March 2022 trial date to resolve his case,” Politico reported and then quoting Griffen, who said:
“I broke nothing, I didn’t fight with anybody,” Couy Griffin, an Otero County commissioner and the founder of “Cowboys for Trump,” said during a video hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden. “My life’s been turned upside down. … I’m being punished every day I don’t have a trial.”
When I spoke with Griffen, he told me that he believed that things would start to change once the footage was released. We will soon know if Griffen was right because the government has lost a major battle to keep the footage hidden.
FREE THE FOOTAGE
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday released a new collection of Capitol surveillance videos from Jan. 6 after a judge ordered them to do so, rejecting the government’s argument that making the clips public could threaten the security of the complex.
The disclosure marks a setback for the US Capitol Police and the US attorney’s office in their efforts to control how much footage from the Capitol’s closed-circuit video (CCV) system gets out. In the latest case, prosecutors argued that revealing the location and vantage points of more cameras could help “bad actors” trying to plan some future assault on the building. However, a judge concluded that argument was too speculative and that the public had a strong interest in seeing videos that formed the basis for a recent plea deal.
Brace yourselves! DOJ releases footage of the horrific attempt to take over the government on Jan 6th .https://t.co/1NmS9IIk9P
— Mercy Be (@uwantson) September 23, 2021
Griffin’s case has become an early test for the thicket of challenges confronting prosecutors and courts as they continue processing the 600-plus Capitol riot defendants. Investigators say Griffin followed the Jan. 6 mob to the foot of the Capitol and stood on the steps but did not enter the building. He faced two charges for entering a restricted area without authorization and committing disruptive conduct while he was there.
Griffin’s lawyers have argued that his case is among the simplest to arise from the Jan. 6 investigation and shouldn’t require many months for prosecutors to share relevant evidence and prepare the case for trial. But prosecutors are facing competing pressures: their obligation to turn over an exhaustive database of evidence to all of the Capitol riot defendants while guaranteeing their right to a speedy trial.
David Sumrall, the founder of StopHate.com, interviewed Griffen on his podcast and knows all of the details of that same hidden away footage. Sumrall now concentrates largely on getting the footage that Griffen refers to, out to the public with various documentaries and media alliances.
Watch Sumrall and Griffen talk about the lawsuit and the footage.
Sumrall’s work is available on Rumble. He pieced together numerous important vantage points for a documentary about Jan. 6th.
— Kari Baxter Donovan 🇺🇸🎆🥊🔥 (@Saorsa1776) September 23, 2021
For more on the footage the government does not want people to see:
Further reading on about Griffen’s lawsuit and the consequences:
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More about David Sumrall’s group StopHate.com:
Kari is an ex-Community Organizer who writes about Voter Engagement, Cultural Marxism and Campaigns. She has been a grassroots volunteer with the GOP, on and off for 18 years. She is a Homeschool Mom in North Carolina and loves Photojournalism and Citizen Journalism. @Saorsa1776