Not only is the outcome of presidential election tarnished by doubt but so is the American legal system, which acted in near lock step to avoid addressing evidence of election fraud.
That was the testimony at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday by attorneys for GOP President Donald Trump.
They said a campaign of intimidation directed by leftists and anti-Trumpers against lawyers representing Trump also had an impact on judges.
“We have to acknowledge the court system has been deeply intimidated by the left, just as the lawyers have been intimidated. That is a sad, sad state of affairs,” said former Judge James Troupis, who is Trump’s campaign attorney in Wisconsin.
No one is challenging the blatant intimidation of attorneys who represented Trump. Among other things, a group called The Lincoln Project called on clients to stop working with big firms that represented Trump and shared the phone number and email addresses of Trump/GOP attorneys. Moreover, there currently are calls to boycott Trump attorneys and to challenge their law licenses.
The American Bar Association (ABA) has done nothing to stand up for civility rules that are at the heart of attorney code of ethics. The ABA did not respond Wednesday when asked for comment.
Judge Troupis said he agreed to represent Trump because “virtually every major law firm in this country and in this city refused to represent the president because of the cancel culture.” He said management committees told attorneys they could not represent Trump because “clients or the Democratic Party or the incoming administration will remember it and hold it against you.”
Committee Chair Sen. Ron Johnson, R-WI, agreed: “Lawyers from law firms were more than discouraged; they were actually prevented from representing the president.”
Judge Troupis said millions of Americans don’t trust the election outcome because of what “the other side is doing to intimidate people not to listen.”
Judge Troupis and Trump attorney Jesse Binnall complained that courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, uniformly refused to address evidence of fraud and, instead, dismissed cases on non-substantive technicalities. Though some 50 courts rejected challenges by Trump and his allies, Binnall said none conducted a serious inquiry into evidence of fraud.
U.S. Sen. Ron Paul, R-KY, said at the hearing that the election “in many ways was stolen,” adding that Congress must insure this doesn’t happen again. According to Paul:
“We can’t just say, ‘It didn’t happen.’ We can’t just say, ‘Oh, 4,000 people voted in Nevada that were noncitizens, and we’re just going to ignore it. We’re going to sweep it under the rug’ and say, ‘Oh the courts have decided the facts.’ The courts have not decided the facts. The courts never looked at the facts. The courts don’t like elections. They stayed out of it by finding an excuse.”
Judge Troupis said millions of American are angry about the election but “the Biden campaign’s primary defense is don’t hear the evidence. Don’t let them litigate. Don’t have a court rule on the substance. Let’s be honest. That’s what is going on.”
Binnall described difficult evidentiary challenges that made it difficult for Trump’s team, such as postal officers who dodged subpoenas in Nevada to avoid testifying about being ordered to deliver ballots to “undeliverable” addresses and the fact that Trump’s forensic experts weren’t allowed to inspect Nevada’s voting machines.
“This is where democracy breaks down,” said Binnall, “when it’s not the people’s votes that are being counted but fraud that is being counted… We can’t pretend this was a clean election when there is evidence to the contrary.”
Congress meets on Jan. 6 to receive the results of the Electoral College votes that were cast in all 50 states on Monday.
The discussion at the hearing largely broke down by party lines, with Democrats refusing to acknowledge any election fraud and urging Republicans to “move on.”