Statement from Speaker-designate Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) on the investigative report on Rep. Matt Shea

“Members of our caucus received the report regarding Rep. Shea a short while ago. In its 130-year history, I am unaware of House members ever having received such a comprehensive and disturbing investigatory report about another member. It is important we review the full report prior to determining what action the House may take, and are still needing time to read and digest the findings.

“We understand the House Republicans have started steps to take action, and we will continue to work with them as we explore all options available to the House of Representatives. Because of the seriousness of the findings, the Chief Clerk’s Office has forwarded the report to the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI.

“We respect Rep. Shea’s right to free speech and his personal beliefs, but those ideals are not what this is about. This is about a state lawmaker who, according to the investigative findings, engaged in an act of domestic terrorism rather than choosing political or legal avenues to change laws and policies he disagrees with.

“This is why we believe formal action needs to be taken that sends a clear message upholding the values of a free and democratic society, and supports the safety of all Washingtonians.”