Attorneys for former President Donald Trump issued a request Wednesday concerning controversial Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows. They sent a letter asking her to remove herself from determining whether the 2024 Republican frontrunner may remain on the state’s ballots.
The letter noted that “she has already concluded that President Trump engaged in insurrection — a determination that she made well before the submission of evidence or argument in this current matter.”
Because of her conclusion of guilt, they argued, “she should disqualify herself from further proceedings.”
Maine has a notably different legal process than Colorado or Michigan, where suits have been filed against Trump’s candidacy. According to The Hill, the state allows Bellows’ office to decide first, and challengers may then appeal if they disagree with the decision.
Glaring evidence was found in a post on X, formerly Twitter, dated Feb. 13, 2021.
Bellows wrote, “The Jan. 6 insurrection was an unlawful attempt to overthrow the results of a free and fair election.” She said the impeachment vote against Trump fell short but called it an “indictment” and said “the insurrectionists failed.”
President Donald Trump's legal team has requested Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows to recuse herself from deciding his candidacy, citing social media posts she made referring to the January 6th events. Bellows called the protests an insurrection. https://t.co/ugpK7N4htB
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) December 28, 2023
She added, “He should have been impeached. But history will not treat him or those who voted against impeachment kindly.”
Bellows later posted, “One year after the violent insurrection, it’s important to do all we can to safeguard our elections.”
Trump’s attorneys rightly noted that the Maine secretary of state should “appoint an unbiased, impartial hearing officer.” They wrote that Bellows should step aside and let the final adjudication be made by another person.
They added that “this is a far better course of action than rendering judgment after it has become evident that the Secretary has predetermined that President Trump participated in ‘insurrection.’”
Her decision is expected within days, and a spokesperson told the New York Post that no further information is forthcoming. “As I’ve said in response to other questions received since the hearing on Dec. 15, the Secretary is not commenting while this matter is pending.”
Colorado and Michigan took different paths on the issue in recent days. The Colorado Supreme Court disqualified the former president from the state’s primary ballot. Meanwhile, the Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a similar action.