Trump's Lawyers and Advisors Face Tougher Penalties for Ethics Violations and Court Abuse
Some individuals may face disbarment or even criminal charges.
Sidney Powell Faces Lawsuits and Investigations Over Election Claims
Sidney Powell, a former member of Donald Trump's legal team, has been accused of violating professional conduct rules in her post-election efforts to overturn the results. While a judge dismissed the attempt by the Texas State Bar to discipline her in February, citing "numerous defects" in the evidence, Powell is still facing numerous lawsuits and investigations related to her involvement in the election controversy. She has been sued for defamation by Dominion and Smartmatic, two voting machine companies whose reputations she has sought to damage with baseless claims of election fraud. In addition, Powell's organization's fundraising arm is reportedly under federal investigation, and she has been hit with sanctions in a Michigan case alleging election fraud.
John Eastman Faces Disbarment and Potential Criminal Charges Over Election Challenges
John Eastman, who worked with Donald Trump in challenging the election results, is facing severe legal consequences. The California State Bar has filed 11 charges against him, and they are seeking his disbarment in court. Moreover, Eastman is facing potential criminal charges after a criminal referral against him was made to the Justice Department by the House January 6 Committee in December. These charges have brought his professional and personal life under scrutiny, reflecting the seriousness of his alleged misconduct.
Rudy Giuliani Faces Legal Troubles Over Election Claims and Law License Suspension
Rudy Giuliani, who spearheaded Trump's post-election efforts, is facing a host of legal problems. Giuliani's law license has already been suspended, and further proceedings are underway to determine if he should be fully disbarred. Additionally, he has been sued for defamation by Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic, two voting machine companies whose reputations he has sought to tarnish with baseless claims of election fraud. Furthermore, Giuliani has been identified as a target in the criminal investigation into the 2020 election in Fulton County, Georgia.
Michael Cohen's Criminal Record and Involvement in Hush Money Payments for Trump
Michael Cohen, who served as Donald Trump's attorney for many years, has a criminal record that includes a three-year sentence in prison and home confinement. Cohen was found guilty of tax evasion and campaign finance-related crimes, specifically arranging "hush money" payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal to keep them silent about their alleged affairs with Trump. These crimes revealed Cohen's disregard for the law and his willingness to engage in unethical and illegal activities to protect his former client.
The likelihood of criminal charges against Donald Trump is becoming increasingly evident, as prosecutors have given him the option to testify before a Manhattan grand jury next week. This is a clear indication that an indictment may be imminent, which could have far-reaching consequences for the former president.
Alina Habba Sanctioned Multiple Times for Legal Conduct in Trump's Post-Presidency Battles
Alina Habba, who is representing Donald Trump in several post-presidency legal battles, has faced numerous sanctions for her legal conduct. In a failed lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, Habba was ordered to pay $50,000 in sanctions and $16,274 in attorneys' fees to one defendant in the case. Additionally, in January, she was sanctioned again, this time for nearly $1 million payable to Clinton, her campaign, and other Democratic operatives. The severity of these sanctions is the same punishment that Trump himself faced. Habba's legal troubles are a clear indication that her conduct has been deemed inappropriate and unethical by the courts.
Jeffrey Clark Faces Potential Disbarment Over Involvement in Trump's Post-Election Efforts
Former DOJ attorney Jeffrey Clark, who played a role in Donald Trump's post-election efforts from within the agency, is facing serious legal consequences. The D.C. Bar has filed a complaint against him, initiating legal proceedings that could lead to disbarment. Clark's alleged misconduct has brought his professional conduct and integrity under scrutiny, reflecting the seriousness of his actions.
Cleta Mitchell Resigns From Law Firm Amid Controversy Over Involvement in Trump's Post-Election Efforts
Cleta Mitchell, who was involved in a controversial phone call with Donald Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, has resigned from her law firm Foley & Lardner. Mitchell claimed that she left the firm due to a "massive pressure campaign" from the left to oust her over her associations with Trump. Her involvement in the phone call, in which Trump urged Raffensperger to "find" enough votes to overturn the state's election results, has raised questions about her professional conduct and ethics. The circumstances surrounding her resignation further underscore the political polarization and tensions surrounding Trump's post-election efforts.