Top Michigan officials including Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson — all of whom are Democrats — are calling for the disbarment of four lawyers, including Sidney Powell, who were involved in a Trump-allied election fight in the state. Besides Powell, the targeted lawyers include Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom, and Stefanie Junttila, who together “used their law license in an attempt to disenfranchise Michigan voters and undermine the faith of the public in the legitimacy of the recent presidential election, and lent credence to untruths that led to violence and unrest,” in the description of state officials.
Benson added as follows:
‘The 2020 general election was the most secure in our nation’s history, and these lawyers abused their authority by filing meritless, frivolous lawsuits for the sole purpose of undermining public faith in the election. They must be held accountable for this unprecedented attack on our democracy and prevented from replicating such harm in the future.’
The lawyers who were involved in the legal fight in question helped push big lies about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election and thereby helped incite the recent deadly rioting at the U.S. Capitol, where Trump supporters attempted to forcibly stop the Congressional proceedings to confirm the electoral college outcome and Biden’s victory. Trump told mobs of his supporters that the election was rigged, and they attempted to forcibly keep Trump in power in the wake of the spread of these lies. Trump and those who publicly pushed the lies acted as de facto mob leaders, rhetorically guiding the way for those who threatened the lives of members of Congress and others on January 6.
In Michigan, Powell and the other lawyers sought a court declaration that Donald Trump was the rightful winner of the election in the state, despite the fact that no legitimate evidence existed to support this idea. Federal Judge Linda Parker, who handled (and dismissed) the lawsuit, observed that the case seemed “less about achieving the relief” in question and “more about the impact of their allegations on people’s faith in the democratic process and their trust in our government.” Nevertheless, she noted, “The People have spoken,” and no half-baked lawsuit from Powell and her allies would alter this basic fundamental reality.