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Michigan's top state elected leaders ask to have 4 pro-Trump attorneys disbarred

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

First, they lost in court. Now, four pro-Trump attorneys who tried to overturn Michigan’s 2020 presidential election results could lose their ability to practice law.

Michigan’s top three elected state officials are calling for the disbarment of controversial attorney Sidney Powell and three Michigan lawyers who tried to win in court what President Donald Trump lost at the election booth.  

The lawsuit, King v Whitmer, brought by the pro-Trump attorneys, cited false claims of voter fraud.  Similar lawsuits were filed in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Wisconsin and Arizona.  

On Monday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson filed complaints with the Attorney Grievance Commission of the State of Michigan and the State Bar of Texas.

“These attorneys filed a complaint based on falsehoods, used their law license in an attempt to disenfranchise Michigan voters and undermine the faith of the public in the legitimacy of the recent presidential election, and lent credence to untruths that led to violence and unrest,” says Nessel. “In doing so, they violated their oath and the ethical rules to which they are bound.” 

If the complaints are successful, Powell and Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila would lose their privilege to practice law in those states. 

Last week, Nessel filed a motion in federal court seeking to recover $11,000 in feesfrom the four Trump lawyers.

One of the Trump attorneys, Scott Hagerstrom, defended their lawsuit, saying “The court system is exactly the forum to settle disputes.”

Hagerstrom added he’d wear any court sanction “as a badge of honor."

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.