A Utah lawmaker opened a bill Tuesday to indict Attorney General Sean Reyes of alleged abuse of power in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.
Rep. Andrew Stoddard said Reyes had worked “shamelessly” to “undermine our country’s election results”.
“He put the goals of interest groups above the voters who voted for him. His involvement with RAGA, the Republican Attorney General, was very worrying given its role in inciting domestic terrorism that took place in our nation’s Capitol on January 6th Reyes did not give clear answers about his involvement in any of this, “Stoddard’s statement reads.
My action is not intended to be a sign of civilianity or partiality. My decision is based on a desire to ensure that our state is represented ethically and to keep officials at the highest level of public responsibility.
Reyes announced in December that he was preparing to support litigation related to the “compromised electoral process” in several states, including Nevada. In a follow-up statement sent to 2News, Reyes previously made it clear that he would take a “personal weekend” to review and advise on possible legal disputes.
The Utah attorney general along with 16 other attorneys general supported a petition from Texas to invalidate election results in four battlefield states won by President Joe Biden – Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin. The petition was rejected by the Supreme Court.
Under Utah law, members of the House of Representatives can file an impeachment order against an officer for “high felony, misdemeanor, or misconduct”. The house has sole power to impeach, for which at least two thirds of the votes are required.
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Another Utah lawmaker tabled bill this term to restrict the attorney general’s powers. The attorney general would need to consult with the governor prior to certain civil claims and restrict participation in legal proceedings as the court’s friend. This was also in response to Reyes joining the Texas petition.
Reyes was re-elected as Republican Attorney General of Utah in November with 61% of the vote, versus his Democratic challenger Greg Skordas, who had 34%.