For attorneys working with former President Donald Trump, legal risk is seen as an expected part of the job: More than 40 lawyers who worked to overturn the 2020 election on his behalf have been hit with claims ethics.
The New York Times reported Legal experts joke MAGA now stands for “Making Attorneys Get Attorneys,” based on the reputational risk of working with Trump.
“There’s no way to adhere to your ethical integrity and keep your job,” said Kimberly Wehle, a law professor at the University of Baltimore who has closely followed investigations into the Jan. 6 attack. 2021 against the Capitol. The New York Times of the dilemma facing Mr. Trump’s lawyers: “There’s simply no way not to get into a mess.”
The 65 Projecta bipartisan effort to hold attorneys allied to Trump accountable for filing 65 lawsuits in swing states in an attempt to overturn legitimate 2020 election results, filed more than 40 ethics complaints with their respective state bars against attorneys who participated in the scheme.
On January 6, 2021, Eastman told former Vice President Mike Pence’s legal adviser to break the law and stop the procedures to certify the 2020 elections. It was still propose ways to overturn the election when President Joe Biden took office.
Mitchell is currently leading a group of GOP poll workers to challenge midterm results. Ellis was ordered to testify before the Special Grand Jury in Fulton County, Georgia investigate whether Trump and his associates attempted to interfere in the 2020 election.
Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former personal attorney, was also named as target in Georgia investigation and his licenses to practice law in the District of Colombia and New York were suspended for his allegations of electoral fraud.
Another former Trump lawyer, Sidney Powell, is under investigation for overseeing an effort to copy sensitive election data and coordinating a breach in Georgia’s voter records.
Christina Bobb, a current Trump attorney, is currently facing legal issues after signing a letter stating that a “diligent search” had been conducted and that all material found in Mar-a-Lago at the time had been returned to the US government, by filing in court. Two months later, the FBI raided Trump’s golf club in Florida and found 20 boxes of new material, including 11 sets that have been marked as classified.
Michael Cohen, a former Trump lawyer sentenced to three years in prison in part for his role in the organization illegal payments of secret money to adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep him from talking about his affair with Trump, warned Trump’s current legal team to ‘lawyer’ citing his own felony charges including tax evasion, campaign finance violations and bank fraud.
“At the end of the day, we want to show all the lawyers that the next time Sidney Powell or Rudy Giuliani call and say, ‘Hey, will you sign this’, they’ll say ‘no’, because they’ll realize that ‘There are professional consequences,’ said Michael Teter, director of Project 65. The New York Times.