For Immediate Release: September 21, 2022
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Dr. Colleen Shogan Likely To Face Heat Over Archivist Role in ERA & Trump Raid
Washington, D.C.: “Dr. Colleen Shogan faces an initial Senate hearing today as Biden’s nominee to replace the retired (and likely disgraced) U.S. Archivist David Ferriero,” said Phyllis Schlafly Eagles President Ed Martin. “She’s likely to face a lot of heated questions, from not only the Senate but from many interested groups. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been closely tied to the scandalous DOJ activity against former President Donald Trump this year.
“NARA has also been embroiled in a lesser-known but similarly important constitutional controversy in recent years — one that we’re quite close to. Former Archivist Ferriero chose to use his office not as the chief protector of our national records but as a chief activist for his chosen issues. Acquiescing to leftist pushes, NARA seemed poised to simply declare the long-expired Equal Rights Amendment as ratified. Ferriero was being pushed to certify the Amendment as part of the U.S. Constitution, despite the fact that the three recent state show-votes had no ratifying power.
“Phyllis Schlafly Eagles and others were fast into the fray to file FOIA requests and legal questions and challenges to NARA’s possible abuse of authority. They quickly backed down upon receiving a scathing response from the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel, effectively settling the matter that the ERA was surely expired and could not be magically ratified.”
Martin concluded, “I look forward to the Senate drilling down on Dr. Shogan about these profound constitutional questions. Her role in these Constitutional battles will be key.”