The Lincoln Project has been accused by Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson of “terrorizing” law firms involved in legal cases regarding the U.S. election result.
After a high-profile campaign opposing President Donald Trump during the election campaign, the conservative PAC turned its sights towards the legal cases of the Trump team which claims without evidence that the November 3 ballot was marred by fraud.
The Lincoln Project launched a multi-platform campaign singling out law firms like Jones Day and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur. Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson told The Washington Post earlier this month “these people have now decided that attempting to undermine the outcome of a just and fair election is perfectly acceptable for their legal practices.”
The Lincoln Project tweeted that the employees of those law firms should “resign in protest” because they were “architecting Donald Trump’s unwarranted and dangerous attacks on our democracy.” Another post included links to the firms’ LinkedIn pages where employees’ details were publicly available.
Introducing a segment on Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Fox anchor took aim at the “advertising blitz” undertaken by the anti-Trump PAC.
“The point of it wasn’t to promote a candidate. The goal was simple; terrorizing the commercial clients of any law firm that dares to represent the president’s campaign,” Carlson said.
“Jones Day promptly promised not to get involved in any more litigation in this election because they were intimidated. You would be too.”
Jones Day did not say it was intimidated and issued a statement on November 13 emphasizing it was “representing the Pennsylvania GOP.” It said it was not “representing President Trump, his campaign, or any affiliated party in any litigation alleging voter fraud.”
Carlson continued: “Another law firm Porter Wright has withdrawn from representing the Trump campaign because of the pressure brought to bear on them,” he added.
On November 12, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, moved to withdraw from litigation in Pennsylvania, the Post reported.
“Do you want to live in a country where if you have the wrong political beliefs, you don’t get confident legal representation?” Carlson said, as he introduced lawyer and Republican Party official, Harmeet Dhillon, to discuss the issue. Newsweek has contacted the Lincoln Project for comment.
In the last week and a half, a third law firm also distanced itself from Trump and his claims. On November 10, Snell & Wilmer withdrew from an election lawsuit in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani filed a petition to appear on behalf of Trump in a lawsuit about the election in Pennsylvania. Records suggest he has not appeared in a federal court for nearly three decades.
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