Donald Trump’s administration has faced several setbacks since taking office. Some of his cabinet appointees have faced difficult hearings and a few have even withdrawn from the process altogether. Now the president is facing yet another problem, as a misconduct complaint has been filed against a member of his staff.
Attorney J. Whitfield Larrabe has filed a misconduct complaint with the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation. The complaint alleges that Trump’s Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, interfered with the FBI’s investigation into the Russia scandal.
‘There is probable cause to charge attorney Reince Priebus (“Priebus”) with violations of Wisconsin’s Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys, Supreme Court Rules, Chapter 20. The violations of these rules relate to Priebus’ corrupt attempt to influence investigations by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) into criminal activity involving associates of Donald J. Trump (“Trump”) and Russian government officials’
The complaint argues that since Priebus is an attorney who is licensed practice in the state of Wisconsin, he is required to comply with the laws and regulations of the state of Wisconsin. The complaint claims that Priebus violated the law.
‘It is a violation of SCR 20:8.4 (b) for a lawyer to “commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.” It is a violation of SCR 20:8.4 (c) “to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.” There is probable cause to charge Priebus with such serious violations of these particular ethical requirements that it will be necessary and appropriate to revoke his license to practice of law if the charges are established.
‘The FBI and the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) are currently investigating links between associates of Trump and the Russian Government. Phone records and intercepted calls show that staff members and other associates of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election. During this time period, Russian intelligence officials interfered in the United States election in aid of Trump’s election campaign. There are reasonable grounds to suspect collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to influence the federal election that occurred on November 8, 2016’
PoliticusUSA allegedly spoke with Larrabee about the complaint and he allegedly said that he filed the complaint out of concerns that Priebus interfered with the FBI’s investigation into the Russian scandal.
‘I filed the complaint as a concerned citizen and attorney because I was alarmed that Reince Priebus would communicate with the FBI about a pending investigation of the collusion between Trump campaign officials and senior Russian intelligence officials. Communications by Priebus with the FBI about a pending investigation of this sort severely violates the integrity of the investigation and is a blatant form of corruption’
The ongoing controversy surrounding Trump and his ties to Russia continue to plague the administration. Part of the problem comes from the fact that Congress has refused to open an investigation into the issue. If Trump truly has nothing to hide then he should be encouraging Congress to examine this issue. After all, if he’s telling the truth, he’ll be vindicated and he can proceed to tweet about the fake news media trying to take him down.
After all, given how much time and money the GOP spent investigating fake scandals like Benghazi, it makes sense that they would spend some time and money investigating Trump’s ties to Putin. So far though, nothing has materialized. Perhaps, if people continue to pressure them over it, we’ll see them take action regarding the questions that surround this administration.
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