Washington state Rep. Matt Shea has been suspended from the House Republican Caucus and removed from several committees after being accused of participating “in an act of domestic terrorism against the United States,” according to a report released Thursday.
Independent investigators commissioned by the Washington State House of Representatives found that Shea, as a leader of the “Patriot Movement”, “planned, engaged in, and promoted a total of three armed conflicts of political violence against the United States government” between 2014 and 2016.
The report also concluded Shea was involved in training young people to fight a “holy war.” He created a pamphlet called Biblical Basis for War and advocated replacing the government with a theocracy and “the killing of all males who do not agree.”
The 108-page report, according to The Guardian, was delivered to the Washington House of Representatives on Thursday and was based on a four-month investigation — which found that Shea’s role in the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 amounted to “an act of domestic terrorism against the United States.” The report’s findings are being forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
But Shea has so far refused to resign. On his Facebook page, the 45-year-old Republican compared calls for his resignation to the impeachment of President Donald Trump — writing, “Like we are seeing with our president, this is a sham investigation meant to silence those of us who stand up against attempts to disarm and destroy our great country. I will not back down, I will not give in, I will not resign. Stand strong, fellow patriots.”
Following the release of the report, Shea was suspended from the House Republican Caucus and stripped of his position as the ranking member of the House Environment and Energy Committee and will be removed from two others.