For lawyers working with former President Donald Trump, legal risk is considered an expected part of the job: More than 40 lawyers working on his behalf to reverse the 2020 election have faced ethics complaints Is.
The New York Times reported that legal experts joke that MAGA now stands for “Making Attorney Get Attorney” based on the reputational risk of working with Trump.
“There is no way you can abide by your moral integrity and maintain your job,” said Kimberly Wehle, a law professor at the University of Baltimore who closely tracked the investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. Trump’s lawyers face: “There’s no way you can’t get into a mess.”
The 65 Project, a bipartisan effort to hold Trump-affiliated lawyers accountable for filing 65 lawsuits in swing states in an effort to reverse the valid 2020 election results, has filed over 40 lawsuits with their respective state bar associations against the participating attorneys. More ethical complaints have been filed. Plan.
Among the 17 complaints filed last month, there are ethical concerns against Trump’s former attorneys John Eastman, Cleta Mitchell and Jenna Ellis.
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On January 6, 2021, Eastman asked the legal counsel for former Vice President Mike Pence to stop proceedings to break the law and testify to the 2020 election. By the time President Joe Biden took office, he was pushing for a way to reverse the election.
Mitchell is currently leading a group of GOP election activists to challenge the results in the midterm. Ellis has been ordered to testify before a special grand jury in Fulton County, Georgia, which is investigating whether Trump and his aides tried to interfere in the 2020 elections.
Trump’s one-time personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has also been named as a target in the Georgia investigation and his licenses to practice law in the District of Columbia and New York have been suspended over his election fraud claims.
Another former Trump lawyer, Sidney Powell, is under investigation for overseeing an attempt to copy sensitive election data and coordinating breaches in Georgia election files.
Current Trump attorney Christina Bob is facing legal trouble after she signed a letter certifying that a “difficult search” had been made and that all materials at Mar-a-Lago were present at the time to the US government. was returned to. According to a court filing. Two months later, the FBI raided Trump’s Florida golf club and found 20 boxes of new material, including 11 sets that were marked as classified.
Michael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer, has warned Trump’s current legal team for his role in illegally arranging payment of money to adult-film star Stormy Daniels to stop him from speaking about his affair with Trump. Is. “Lawyer Up,” citing his own felony charges including tax evasion, campaign-finance violations and bank fraud.
“Ultimately, we want to demonstrate to all lawyers that the next time a Sydney Powell or Rudy Giuliani calls and says, ‘Hey, would you sign your name on this,’ they will say ‘no,’ because they will feel the professional consequences.” “65 Project director Michael Teter told The New York Times.
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