For the second time in a week a major law firm has left its client president Donald Trumps moribund political campaign just before they were supposed to go to court defending the electoral renanigans’ wild allegations they had put on paper.
Late thursday lawyers Ronald Hicks and Carolyn McGee withdrew its white shoe company Porter Wright from a lawsuit that sought to invalidate around 6.5 million votes in Pennsylvania after voters there voted for the elected president Joe Bidenand got him over the 270-voter threshold for the first time. Although Biden has since contributed to his victory, Trump’s campaign has chosen to play in virtual courtrooms across the country.
Major law firms helping the Lame Duck president in this endeavor have found that there is a cost in representing the outgoing President Trump’s recent crusades to throw out the election results that made him a one-year-old accused president. The New York Times had already reported That one attorney for Porter Wright called it quits. The Times also reported that another large firm, Jones Day, had dealt with disagreements among its partners who were uncomfortable taking part in a legal offensive that they feared would undermine electoral integrity in the United States.
State and local authorities across the country believe Trump’s efforts can have this effect, too. Pennsylvania called the lawsuit Porter Wright filed “radical, anti-democratic, and exaggerated”. Seven Keystone State Countes called it a “transparent and deliberate attack on our electoral system”. The National Democratic Committee stated flatly: “That is not how democracy works.”
Porter Wright cut ties with the Trump campaign with no explanation other than vaguely claiming that his withdrawal “best serves” the client’s interests. The only lawyer currently left is Linda A. Kerns, a Philadelphia-based divorce attorney local to the City of Brotherly Love NPR station described as a “dog lover, conservative media commentator and volunteer helper for the city’s beleaguered GOP”.
Kerns will face an armada of legal power, including whiteshoe firm Perkins Coie, billionaire multinational Dentons, and Kirkland & Ellis, named the world’s largest law firm by revenue. Attorney General Bill Barr worked earlier at Kirkland & Ellis.
Earlier this week, Arizona’s largest law firm has Snell & Wilmer disarmed his legal firepower from Trump’s cavalry after his lawsuit made national headlines for bringing the discredited “Sharpiegate” conspiracy to court and then renaming it. The Phoenix-based company was founded in 1938 and tacitly pulled out of the case on Tuesday.
A media representative from the company’s Phoenix office spoke out ahead of a Thursday hearing at the a Richter refused put in a pile of hundreds of shady affidavits as evidence.
Trump’s remaining attorneys admitted that users had submitted numerous false affidavits on an online form. The lawyers did not claim to have certified any of the complaints. They confirmed that humans existed. A CAPTCHA culled bots, and the legal team scrutinized the complainants at their home: that was the scope of their investigation. As for the statements that you couldn’t disprove? The Trump campaign attorney Kory Langhofer tried unsuccessfully to bring them their day in court. He even admitted this once during the hour-long hearing He had called a business partner as a witness.
At the hearing, Langhofer withdrew from the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory of his complaint that campaign workers were giving markers to Trump supporters – knowing that those markers would bleed through the ballot papers and the ballot papers would not be counted, and anything to help Joe Biden Arizona to win. The hypothesis has been widely derided as “Sharpiegate” – the same name given to the censorship scandal that surfaced when Trump lied about Hurricane Dorian’s trajectory by roughly scribbling on a map to match government scientist projections with his free-range reefs.
In Pennsylvania, Arizona and elsewhere, Trump and his loyalists cited the specter of mass voter fraud – a phenomenon that international experts in the United States fail to report – as a reason to question their emphatic electoral defeat.
Variations on the word “fraud” appear 33 times in the Pennsylvania Middle District lawsuit, mostly related to infrequent law enforcement activities related to other elections. The only suspected electoral fraud cases cited in the complaint occurred in two Keystone counties where Trump was double-digitized: fayette and alfalfa, but even those alleged cases are murky. The investigations they initiated have not resulted in any criminal activity.
Langhofer admitted on Thursday that he didn’t even claim fraud.
“This is not a case of fraud,” said Langhofer and instead designed the lawsuit as an attempt to uncover voting irregularities. “It’s not a case where the elections are stolen.”
Another Attorney took a similar shot in one case in Pennsylvania.
Read Porter Wright’s motion to withdraw:[image via Alex Wong/Getty Images]
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