Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is facing potential disbarment due to reported involvement into ex-President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was rigged.
The 65 Project, which is a bipartisan group whose aims are to hold lawyers who helped Trump try to undo the election accountable, filed a complaint to the State Bar of Texas on Wednesday. The group requested an investigation into Cruz for his work representing Trump and Pennsylvania Republicans in two failed cases in front of the Supreme Court in December.
The complaint argued that Cruz should be sanctioned for knowingly peddling lies about election fraud as he sought to have the high court throw out the election results.
The 65 Project noted that while Cruz clearly wasn’t the only lawmaker to try to steal the election on Trump’s behalf, the Texas senator “added the value of his law license to the effort.”
The complaint pointed to how other Trump attorneys were involved in 2020 election lawsuits have been hit with sanctions since the election, particularly ex-Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, whose law license was suspended last year.
“Just as Mr. Giuliani has been disciplined for his conduct, so should Mr. Cruz,” the 65 Project wrote.
The complaint also noted Cruz’s alleged efforts to help Trump stoke fury over the election that eventually led to the Capitol insurrection, and that Cruz refused to certify the election results after the capitol insurrection.
All in all, the GOP senator “chose to offer his professional license to Mr. Trump’s arsenal during the latter’s assault on our democracy,” the group concluded. “He cannot be shielded from the consequences of that decision simply because, unlike Mr. Trump’s other attorneys, he happens to hold high public office.”
In a statement to the New York Times, a Cruz spokesperson accused the 65 Project of being a “far-left dark money smear machine run by a who’s who of shameless Democrat hacks” whose complaint “won’t be worth the paper it’s printed on.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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