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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a resolution to censure (i.e., formally reprimand) a Democrat official in the chamber who is trying to get Rudy Giuliani’s law license cancelled because of the ex-NYC mayor’s efforts in contesting the 2020 election results.
Far-left Democrat Bill Pascrell prompted the GOP censure motion after he filed complaints against Giuliani and 22 other Trump campaign attorneys with the bar associations (sometimes known as grievance committees or by other names), the regulatory organizations that supervise lawyers, in New York Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan, and Nevada. Theoretically, these complaints could lead to disbarment, which means the revocation or suspension of the state licenses necessary to practice law.
According to U.S. Rep Pascrell, in what sounds like a classic case of projection, the Trump lawyers are supposedly guilty of “filing frivolous lawsuits and trying to help Trump steal the election and dismantle democracy.”
House Resolution 1241, introduced by GOP Reps. Andy Biggs, the chair of the Freedom Caucus, along with colleagues Warren Davidson, Andy Harris, Debbie Lesko, and Randy Weber, points out that “President Donald J. Trump’s campaign has a legal right to sue to ensure that each legal vote is counted and to challenge any illegal votes; and…each candidate running for public office in each State has the right to pursue every legal option to ensure ballot integrity and fair elections.”
Pascrell, a longtime politician who represents a blue district in north Jersey, should be censured “for conduct that threatens the livelihoods of American citizens in a way that is not befitting an elected Member of the House of Representatives,” the resolution concludes.
If the resolution gains approval, the House Speaker would be required to formally rebuke Pascrell during a legislative session. With the Democrats holding on to a narrow majority in the House after GOP gains, the chances of this occurring are slim to none, assuming the resolution even ever emerges from the ethics committee.
Pascrell, whose relentlessly anti-Trump Twitter feed almost sounds like a parody account, earlier this month called for the criminal prosecution of the POTUS and members of his administration for “innumerable” crimes against the U.S.
N.J. congressman calls for Trump to be tried for ‘crimes against our nation and Constitution’ https://t.co/C4wCKy8sDn
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 19, 2020
In another example of apparent projection, Pascrell, 83, doubled-down on calling for the Trump lawyers to lose their ability to continue in their profession, and by extension, deny the president his day in court.
In response to the resolution, Pascrell insisted that “Donald Trump and his minions are trying to steal the election after getting blown out by President-elect Joe Biden. His lawyers filing frivolous lawsuits in taxpayer-funded courts are accomplices to Trump’s assault on American democracy and they must be held accountable.I have proudly called for them to lose their law licenses. Fascist wannabes won’t muzzle my free speech or stop me trying to defend our republic. Those supporting this pathetic resolution are complicit in Trump’s attempt to become a dictator.”
Jonathan Turley, the prominent George Washington Univ. law professor and a self-described liberal, is taking a dim view of Pascrell’s attempt to put the barristers out of business.
“What Pascrell is doing is undermining our legal system by using his office to advance a campaign targeting lawyers and legislators who raise objections to his party prevailing in the presidential election…this is raw retaliation and intimidation to deter the use of our legal process. When such actions were taken against lawyers representing civil rights groups and others in the 1960s, it was correctly denounced as an outrageous abuse of our legal system. Now that Republican lawyers are being targeted, it has become a campaign supported by members of Congress, thousands of lawyers, and the media.
“What Pascrell is doing is a dangerous form of demagoguery that should be denounced by people of good-faith regardless of their political affiliations.”
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