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To: The United States Senate
Expel Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas from the United States Senate
Article I, Section 5, of the U.S. Constitution provides that "Each House [of Congress] may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member."
This petition calls for the U.S. Senate to begin expulsion proceedings for United States Senator Roger Marshall.
Since 1789, the U.S. Senate has expelled only 15 of its members. Senator William Blount was expelled in 1797 for treason and conspiracy to incite an invasion. The other 14 were expelled for supporting the Confederate rebellion. Expulsion proceedings in the Senate were also initiated for 18 additional U.S. Senators that did not lead to expulsion, with the most recent being for U.S. Senator John Ensign of Nevada in 2011, who resigned before the Senate could vote.
On January 2, 2021, Senator Marshall issued a statement that read: "Our congressional office has received thousands of emails and phone calls and I personally have received hundreds of texts, phone calls, and emails on the matter. An overwhelming majority believes we should reject some of the Electoral College votes from certain states."
The purpose of this petition is to refute Senator Marshall's claims that an 'overwhelming majority' of his constituents believe that he should have rejected the election results of the November 3, 2020 presidential election.
Senator Marshall stated, "For these reasons and after carefully weighing the evidence, I am not confident this past presidential election was conducted in a manner that is fully consistent with state and federal law. I therefore intend to object during the Electoral College certification process next week to allow the needed debates to occur."
Senator Marshall did not present any evidence to his constituents, nor has any evidence been accepted by any U.S. court. Despite 62 lawsuits being filed, all but one was found to be without merit or standing.
This petition argues that a U.S. Senator who seeks to overturn the democratic election of another state, without presenting any substantiated evidence of voter fraud or election irregularities, itself is an act of sedition.
18 U.S. Code S. 2384 on Seditious Conspiracy provides: "If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S., conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the U.S., or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the U.S., or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the U.S. or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the U.S. contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both."
Senator Marshall claimed, "We must hold accountable any state that disregarded the law and our Constitution. The bottom line is, transparency and integrity in the voting and counting process are vitally important, and the American people must have full confidence in the outcome of the 2020 presidential election."
It is for this same reason that the U.S. Senate must expel Senator Marshall. Just as states that disregard our Constitution should be held accountable, so too must U.S. Senators be held to account. Senator Marshall's own lack of transparency and integrity is evident in how he presented unfounded rumors and lies as sufficient cause for objection to the certified results of other states. Senator Marshall attempted to disenfranchise millions of voters, which is a precedent that the United States Senate must not let go unchecked.
Senator Marshall claimed that his years as an obstetrician informed his rejection of the election results of other states. His medical experience does not qualify him to make such a statement, nor does it excuse him from its consequences.
The statements of Senator Marshall alone may not have merited expulsion had they been confined to social media. However, Senator Marshall took action on his words. Senator Marshall donated $20,000 to the Republican National Convention's legal fund. And on January 6, 2021 -- mere hours after Donald Trump directed his supporters to march to the U.S. Capitol Building and proceeded to assault Capitol Police officers, invade the Senate and House Chambers, and terrorize members of the 117th U.S. Congress, Washington D.C., and the entire nation -- Senator Marshall maintained his objections to the presidential election with five of his Republican colleagues: Senators Hawley, Cruz, Tuberville, Kennedy, and Hyde-Smith.
Senator Roger Marshall voted to overturn the legitimate election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, in the very same election that elevated him to the role of a U.S. Senator. This petition seeks redress that Senator Marshall's seditious vote also be his last.
Why is this important?
As a Kansan, I was disturbed that the United States Senator elected to represent me would take part in an effort to overthrow the election of another state.
If my vote is to count, my elected representatives must trust the state and local officials whose job it is to accurately conduct, count, and audit each election.
Regardless of the outcome of the election, Senator Marshall's actions set a dangerous precedent for our nation's democracy that anyone's vote may not count so long as enough U.S. Senators object at the point of certification.
This is a violation of the United States Constitution and amounts to an attempt to overthrow the Government of the United States.
Senator Marshall presented no substantiated evidence to support his actions, and instead used conjecture, conspiracy theories, and lies to support his claims.
Without verified evidence of election fraud, Senator Marshall's actions amount to an act of sedition, and for that he should be expelled.
The First Amendment gives me the right to petition the United States Government for a redress of grievances, and as his constituent, I petition the United States Senate to hold Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas accountable for his actions.
How it will be delivered
The petition can then be delivered in person, by mail, or email. Since the petition addressed the U.S. Senate, I will make sure that it is delivered by mail to the offices of Senators Moran and Marshall, as well as the office of the new Senate Majority Leader after January 20, 2021.