AUSTIN – A national advocacy group on Monday called on professional licensing agencies to investigate East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert and his attorneys on what it called an « apparent violation » of lawyers’ ethics rules than they did sued unsuccessfully last week to force Vice President Mike Pence to discard November results. 3 presidential elections.
Lawyers in Defense of American Democracy, a non-partisan group that claims support for 5. Having 000 lawyers across the country said in a statement that Gohmert, Dallas attorney, William L. . « Lewis » sessions and other unnamed attorneys should be punished for outrageous behavior.
They brought in a « sham lawsuit » based on an absurd reading of the 12th. Constitutional amendment based « in which the vice president is headed as U. S.. . The chairman of the Senate to open voting certificates from the various states, the group said.
Sessions, a brother of Waco GOP Congressman Pete Sessions, dismissed claims made by attorneys defending American democracy as a « political effort to retaliate » opposed by those charged with disciplining attorneys.
« The prosecution is very careful with their disciplinary proceedings, » Lewis Sessions said in an interview. “You want to take merit that is not based on resentment, hostility or political differences. I am very confident that if the prosecution receives a complaint, it will deal with it appropriately. I won’t lose any sleep over it at all. ”
In the Gohmert lawsuit, lawyers like Sessions and other plaintiffs cited the 12th. Change: « The President of the Senate, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, opens all certificates and votes are counted. ”
Lawyers defending American democracy said the change does not allow a vice president to choose which votes to count for a particular state.
« Not a single word in this or any other amendment gives the Vice-President any role in choosing the votes to be counted, much less the extraordinary unilateral power to determine who will be the next President of votes in the votes regardless of the outcome different states, ”said the group.
Neither did Gohmert, Sessions, and others who filed the lawsuit « provide any » reference to the case law or any other authority for this outrageous and unjustifiable argument, « the group said.
Late Friday, U. . S.. . District Judge Jeremy Kernodle, a representative of President Donald Trump from Gohmert’s hometown of Tyler, dismissed the lawsuit.
Kernodle ruled that Gohmert and other plaintiffs – including the GOP chairmen in Arizona and the defeated list of Republican voters in that state – had no status. A federal appeals court upheld the verdict late Saturday.
Pence had argued that the lawsuit in a 14-page filing by Justice Department attorneys should not be directed against him.
« A lawsuit found that the Vice President has discretion over the census filed against the Vice President is a walking legal contradiction, » the letter reads.
The lawsuit challenges the Election Census Act of 1887, which mandates the vice president’s role in announcing results to be ceremonial.
Attorneys defending American democracy have been formed over the past two years to challenge what President Trump calls an « attack on the rule of law, » according to his website.
Last month, she asked the Texas Attorney General to investigate Attorney General Ken Paxton and disciplinary agencies in other states to consider sanctions against 17 of Paxton’s red-state counterparts who were sued in the Supreme Court for the elected victory Repeal Presidents Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The group said discipline should also be considered against lawyers among the 126 GOP members of the U.. S.. . House that supported the suit led by Paxton.
Robert T. . Garrett, chief of the Austin Bureau. Bob has been reporting on government and politics for The Dallas Morning News since 2002.
He was previously a statehouse reporter for three newspapers, including the Dallas Times Herald. A fifth generation Texan, Bob earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He covers Gov. Greg Abbott, the State Budget and CPS and Care.
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