Rep. Shea files memorials requesting investigations into extremist groups

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Spokane Valley Representative Matt Shea has filed two memorials in the Washington legislature pertaining to extremist groups and actions he would like to be taken by the president and Congress.

House Joint Memorial 4017 requests declaring the Muslim Brotherhood and all entities found as unindicted co-conspirators in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation Trial as designated terrorist organizations.

“The Society of the Muslim Brothers has engaged in violent extremist activity throughout the world and has been designated as a terrorist organization throughout the Middle East,” Shea writes.

In House Joint Memorial 4018, Shea requests Congress and the President launch investigations into several extremist organizations. Through the memorial, Shea wants the federal government to investigate the John Brown Gun Club, Socialist Rifle Association, Redneck Revolt and Antifa organizations and their ties to “international terrorist and other criminal investigations.”

“The John Brown Gun Club, the Socialist Rifle Association, Redneck Revolt, and organizations identifying as Antifa seek to effectuate their mission not through peaceful counter-protest but through violence, harassment, intimidating, vandalism, and other illegal activity,” Shea writes.

Shea’s memorial includes examples of extremist activity by the groups, including publishing online training manuals and talk of armed rebellion.

Shea’s proposed legislation comes on the heels on an investigative report that accuses him of domestic terrorism and engaging in repeated calls to arms against the United States government.

Shortly after the report was released, Shea was removed from House Republican caucus and his position on the House Environment Committee, while several elected leaders called on him to resign. Shea has continually denied the report’s findings.

Both of Shea’s proposals have been referred to the State Government and Tribal Relations committee. They would have to be approved in the Washington House and Senate before going to the president or Congress.

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