A Philadelphia lawyer for President Trump’s campaign dropped out of a Pennsylvania lawsuit earlier this week, and was placed under official protection after receiving “threats of harm,” the Epoch Times reported.
According to court papers filed on Nov. 18, the attorney, Linda Kerns, was “the subject of threats of harm, to the point at which the involvement of police and US Marshals has been necessary to provide for her safety.”
The Trump campaign lawsuit seeks to stop Pennsylvania from certifying the election result until thousands of uninspected mail-in ballots are tossed out. Another firm on the case, Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP, gave notice last week that it was withdrawing from the suit.
Earlier this week, Kerns sought sanctions against an attorney with Kirkland & Ellis, the firm representing Democratic Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, after the attorney threatened her in a voice mail.
Kerns said in a court filing late Sunday that the Kirkland & Ellis attorney left her a one-minute voice mail that “falls afoul of standards of professional conduct.”
Kerns also said in the filing that she “has been subjected to continuous harassment in the form of abusive e-mails, phone calls, physical and economic threats and even accusations of treason — all for representing the President of the United States’ campaign in this litigation.”
Kirkland & Ellis’s lawyer on the matter apologized to Kerns and told her that the attorney who left the voice mail doesn’t work on the Pennsylvania case. In her filing, Kerns said that’s “not good enough.” She asked the judge overseeing the case to issue an unspecified sanction against the firm.
In a response filed with the court on Monday, Kirkland & Ellis lawyer Daniel T. Donovan said an associate was “acting unilaterally, in his personal capacity,” when he made the call.
The threats came after the NeverTrump Lincoln Project launched a campaign of harassment targeting lawyers who represent the Trump administration.
Two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers in Michigan also came under attack earlier this week after they refused to vote to certify the election. After an intense pressure campaign, they were bullied into certifying the vote. The next day, after realizing they’d been misled, the Republicans signed affidavits to rescind their votes.
Both GOP board members said that chief among their concerns were discrepancies in 70 percent of Detroit’s precinct poll books where ballots are supposed to be matched to qualified voters.
“I initially voted not to certify this election, and I still believe this election should not be certified and the State Board of Canvassers should canvass for an additional period,” Monica Palmer declared in her affidavit. “I rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections. ”
“I voted not to certify, and I still believe this vote should not be certified,” Hartmann said in his affidavit. “Until these questions are addressed, I remain opposed to certification of the Wayne County results.”
The two argued that “intense bullying and coercion” forced them to vote to certify the results. They also said that officials promised that a full audit of the election would take place to address their concerns, but the pair later learned that no audit would take place.
Late Thursday, according to OANN’s Jack Posobiec, Palmer accused Ned Staebler, vice president for economic development at Wayne State University, of posting her address online and encouraging people to go visit her there.
Staebler made “heated public comments” that went viral Tuesday night, warning the Republican members of the Board of Canvassers “how history will view” them after they voted to block the certification of votes in Wayne County.
BREAKING: Wayne County election official Monica Palmer reports @NedStaebler has posted her home address online and told people to visit her there
Threatening election officials in a federal election is a federal offense
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) November 20, 2020
Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley noted in a blog post that the threats against lawyers and Republicans haven’t been denounced by top Democrats or legacy news outlets.
“What is missing however are calls in the media or from Democratic leaders to end such campaign of intimidation and abuse by groups like the Lincoln Project,” Turley said.
“While President-elect Joe Biden has called for unity and healing, he has said nothing about the campaign against Trump campaign lawyers and their clients. He has said nothing about reports of violent threats against officials or lawyers tied to election challenges.”
President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani lambasted the corporate media during a 90-minute press conference on Thursday, accusing them of ignoring and even condoning threats and harassment against the president’s allies.
“It’s outrageous that it’s tolerated, and it’s tolerated because YOU condone it in the press and you don’t cover it and you don’t condemn it,” Giuliani fumed, pointing at the reporters in the room. “A lawyer shouldn’t have to withdraw from a case because he’s representing the president of the United States.”