TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Kate Prince on Jan 12, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Jeff Yarbro, D-Nashville, yesterday urged Attorney General Herbert Slatery to issue an opinion on the legality of the involvement of Tennessee lawmakers in the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C., the Tennessean reports. Citing the Fourteenth Amendment in his letter to Slatery, Yarbro asks the AG to clarify what the legal ramifications would be for state lawmakers who “engaged in insurrection” or provided “aid or comfort” to insurrectionists. The Fourteenth Amendment prohibits public officials from continuing to hold office after such involvement in an insurrection. Yarbro wrote that he’d like clarity on the definition of “aid and comfort,” and on which government authority holds the power to investigate and determine the level of a public official’s involvement.