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Rep. Bill Pascrell. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Murphy sides with Pascrell in tiff over Trump campaign attorneys

Congressman wants president’s lawyers disbarred over frivolous election lawsuits

By Nikita Biryukov, December 02 2020 2:54 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy has Rep. Bill Pascrell’s (D-Paterson) back.

The congressman last week called for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and more than 20 other Trump campaign attorneys to be disbarred over what the New Jersey Democrat called frivolous lawsuits.

That move spurred five Republican congressman to call for the House to censure him. Pascrell responded by issuing a press release mocking them.

“I’m all in, as I usually am, on this one with Congressman Pascrell,” Murphy said, adding he spoke with the congressman on Tuesday.

No Republicans apart from those five — Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona), Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), Andy Harris (R-Maryland), Debbie Lesko (R-Arizona) and Randy Weber (R-Texas) — have signed on as co-sponsors since the bill was introduced on Nov. 27.

To Murphy, the conduct among Trump’s legal team and supporters was far more worrisome than Pascrell’s calls for those attorneys to face consequences.

“They’re talking about peoples’ lives, literally life and death stuff,” he said. “Bill’s talking about whether or not they continue to deserve their professional credentials”

Trump campaign lawyer Joe diGenova on Tuesday said Christopher Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, should be “taken out at dawn and shot.”

The outgoing president fired Krebs last month after he called the election the most secure in the country’s history. Trump has repeatedly made baseless claims of widespread election fraud.

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