A new group is trying to disbar any attorneys that helped former President Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The dark money group called the 65 Project has connections to Democrats’ claims to be “a bipartisan effort to protect democracy from abuse of the legal system by holding accountable lawyers who engage in fraudulent and malicious lawsuits.”
According to reports from The Washington Examiner:
The group has already filed 10 ethics complaints against lawyers who are or have previously worked for Trump, including attorney Jenna Ellis, one of the most prominent faces of post-Election Day 2020 legal efforts to reverse President Joe Biden’s win. The complaint mentioning Ellis lists several other attorneys she worked alongside, including Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, and Sidney Powell, who recently received a complaint from a standing committee of the State Bar of Texas over her election-related challenges in Michigan.
Nine other attorneys are already facing complaints from the 65 Project for either representing the former president or supporting his attempts to overturn the 2020 election. Other complaints surround Georgia lawyer William Calhoun, who said he was proud of his involvement at the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol and was denied bail after a judge determined he was a threat to the community.
The entirety of the project aims to spend millions of dollars to target 111 lawyers from 26 states, looking into attorneys from large national firms and some within smaller firms.
“I think the littler fish are probably more vulnerable to what we’re doing,” said David Brock, who is advising the 65 Project. “You’re threatening their livelihood. And, you know, they’ve got reputations in their local communities.”
The project’s primary goal was to thwart any conservative-leaning attorneys from taking on future challenges to overturn elections.
Alan Dershowitz has criticized the 65 Project and the long-term consequences of such an effort. Dershowitz said on his Rumble channel, “it simply says to lawyers: ‘We’re going to judge you by your clients.'”