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WV NAACP calls for removal of Patrick Morrisey

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BLUEFIELD, W. Va. (WVVA) - The NAACP in the Mountain State presented a resolution, calling for the removal of State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. The resolution has received support from several West Virginia legislators.

"The West Virginia NAACP contends that West Virginia State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey should be removed from office and disbarred for attempting to violate the Constitutional rights of United States citizens," Owens Brown, WV NAACP President, said.

The group said the move is necessary after Morrisey dragged West Virginia into a federal lawsuit in December, challenging the Presidential election results. The NAACP said the lawsuit violates the 15th Amendment.

"He knows better than to involve the state of West Virginia in a frivolous attempt to undermine the electoral process and disenfranchise thousands of votes," Del. Mike Pushkin, (D) - District 37, said.

"It's a disregard for so many voices that exercise their right to vote," Del. Danielle Walker, (D) - District 51, said.

"The idea that we would not count certain votes because we didn't like the results in those elections, and that we would have our state's legal officer carrying that flag and planting it, is just very offensive to me," Del. Barbara Fleischauer, (D) - District 51, said.

WVVA asked Morrisey for an on-camera interview about the resolution. He declined, opting to send a written statement.

The statement said in part, "I strongly condemned violence at the U.S. Capitol as it happened Jan. 6 and continue to do so. It's absolutely wrong for these radical, far-left delegates and their allies to make allegations out of thin air and try to politicize the death of a brave law enforcement official and other individuals. Our December brief sought to fully investigate allegations that several states had not properly interpreted their own laws as they conducted their elections."

The brief was dismissed in court. Del. Pushkin hopes his colleagues in the state house don't dismiss the resolution he is drafting.

"There would be an investigation into this lawsuit... which could be considered maladministration to involve the state in a frivolous lawsuit that was going nowhere, which simply sought to disenfranchise voters in other states where we have no standings in their elections," Del. Pushkin said. "I would also include to investigate recent findings we've had over a political pact, in which the attorney general was the director of, that actually encouraged people to go to the nation's capital and participate in an act of sedition."

Morrisey said he stands by his actions in December. He said it is appropriate for a state attorney general to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to get the law right.

The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed that lawsuit in December.

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