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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson). (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Pascrell mocks GOP congressmen who claim he violated Giuliani’s civil rights

N.J. Democrat on complaint to Barr on same day Giuliani asked for preemptive pardon: ‘You can’t make it up’

By David Wildstein, December 01 2020 5:27 pm

Five Republican congressmen have asked U.S. Attorney General William Barr to investigate whether Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. violated the civil rights of Rudy Giuliani and 22 other lawyers helping President Donald Trump challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The New Jersey Democrat filed legal complaints in five states seeking to disbar Giuliani and the other Trump lawyers, a move that caused the Republican congressmen to ask the House to censure the him

Pascrell mocked his GOP colleagues for their move.

“On the same day we learned that Rudy Giuliani asked Donald Trump for a preemptive pardon, five Republican House members are alleging I violated Giuliani’s civil rights by demanding his disbarment for trying to steal the election,” Pascrell said. “You can’t make it up.”

The Republicans want Barr to determine whether Pascrell’s “injudicious and seemingly malevolent actions have violated the civil rights of the President and his counsel.”

That doesn’t seem to frighten one of Trump’s strongest critics.

“I’d say they should be ashamed and embarrassed if they were capable of shame. House Republicans are running interference to help make Trump a dictator,” said Pascrell. “But wannabe fascist sycophants don’t scare me. I won’t shut up about the crimes of Trump and his lawyers.”

In a November 27 letter, the House members – Andy Biggs (R-Arizona), Warren Davidson (R-Ohio), Andy Harris (R-Maryland), Debbie Lesko (R-Arizona) and Randy Weber (R-Texas) – allege that Pascrell is targeting the GOP lawyers “solely because those attorneys attempted to represent President Trump in his efforts to secure the integrity of the 2020 Presidential Election.”

“The President has every right to petition the courts to ensure that every legal ballot is counted and to challenge any illegal votes. And, he has the right to retain counsel to represent him. In turn his attorneys must be free to zealously advocate for the protection of the President’s rights,” the Republican lawmakers told Barr.  “He is attempting to bar the President from legal counsel and take away the livelihood of attorneys who have represented the President.”

The censure resolution was introduced on the same day the letter went to Barr, but no additional Republicans have signed on as co-sponsors.

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