Note: this piece was originally published in USA Today, and features a quote from Checks & Balances member Stuart Gerson.
Gerson signed this letter alongside 1,000 former judges and attorneys criticizing the baseless claims of widespread voter fraud by the Trump Administration.
‘Abuse of the rule of law’ and ‘assault on democracy’
The letter, which was signed by former Democratic and Republican administration officials, called out attorneys representing Trump, citing the American Barr Association’s code of conduct barring lawyers from misleading the court.
“While an apparently defeated candidate has the right to pursue challenges that are authorized by law, it is an abuse of the rule of law to file charges that lack an objective evidentiary basis, and it is a violation of attorney ethics to represent a party that files such charges purely for political purposes,” said Stuart Gerson, a former Justice Department official under the presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton and one of the letter’s signers.