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Arizona Democrats move to expel lawmaker Republican Rep. Mark Finchem of Tucson who attended Jan. 6 rally

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 22:52:03-05

PHOENIX — Democrats in the Arizona House are moving to expel a Republican lawmaker who attended the Jan. 6 rally that turned violent when demonstrators stormed the U.S. Capitol.

On the morning of January 6, before the rally and riot, State Representative Mark Finchem told ABC 15, “We have substantial evidence that the election was a fraud in at least six states.”

Finchem never supplied any evidence to convince a judge the election was stolen. He continues to blame the riot at the Capitol on Congress.

“Representative Finchem lost the privilege to represent LD 11 when he participated on the attack on the U.S. Capitol,” said Dana Allmond, a retired Lt. Col. with the U.S. Army who lives in Finchem’s district.

“On January 6,” she said, “He was in DC at the Trump rally and used social media to spread the big lie.”

Allmond joined other constituents of Finchem at the State Capitol Monday to lend their support to a resolution calling for his immediate expulsion from the House of Representatives.

Democrats led by Rep. Athena Salman of Tempe say Finchem violated his oath of office and undermined democracy.

“Mark Finchem violated his oath of office and should be expelled immediately from the chambers,” said Salman.

Finchem is one of former President Donald Trump's most outspoken allies sharing disproven allegations of election fraud. He has said he remained 500 yards from the Capitol and didn't learn it was breached until hours after the mob broke in.

Expelling him would require support from two-thirds of the GOP-controlled house.

Finchem has not responded to an invitation for comment by ABC 15.