On Tuesday, Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, posted on the social media platform X that he will be serving as a witness in Donald Trump’s ongoing Colorado trial.
Nehls announced in his X post that he was “at the doors on January 6, face to face with protestors, and I know firsthand there was NO INSURRECTION.”
In his post on X, the Texas congressman refers to the events that have become the focus of Trump’s Colorado trial and the 45th president’s alleged role in the events that occurred at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Nehls cites his firsthand experience to debunk the sentiment by some Americans that what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 should be considered an insurrection.
Nehls says he is “honored” to be a witness in Trump’s Colorado trial, and thinks it will combat the ongoing problem that is harming American democracy. Nehls also believes that Trump’s trial is “clear election interference, and has no basis in fact.”
The question at the center of the Colorado trial is whether Trump’s name will be allowed to appear on Colorado ballots, or barred from appearing on grounds of violating the 14th amendment. The prosecution is arguing that based on one specific clause of the 14th Amendment, Trump should not be allowed to appear on Colorado state ballots.
This clause states that any citizen shall be barred from holding any type of political office both at the state and federal level if they “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
The plaintiffs in Trump’s Colorado case cited this clause when filing to remove Trump from Colorado state ballots. The plaintiffs argue Trump’s alleged role on Jan. 6 violates this clause, strengthening the value of testimony from Congressman Nehls.