A gaggle shaped within the hopes of disbarring attorneys who labored on instances through which former President Donald J. Trump tried to subvert the outcomes of the 2020 election filed a grievance with the Texas bar affiliation on Wednesday in opposition to Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, for his efforts to keep Mr. Trump in power.
The grievance in opposition to Mr. Cruz, filed by a bunch known as the 65 Undertaking, focuses on baseless assertions by Mr. Cruz about widespread voting fraud within the weeks between Election Day in 2020 and Jan. 6, 2021, in addition to his participation in lawsuits protesting the leads to Pennsylvania.
“Mr. Cruz performed a number one position within the effort to overturn the 2020 elections. And whereas the identical may be stated about a number of different elected officers, Mr. Cruz’s involvement was manifestly completely different,” the grievance stated, asserting that Mr. Cruz moved past merely working throughout the confines of Congress.
“He selected to tackle the position of lawyer and agreed to characterize Mr. Trump and Pennsylvania Republicans in litigation earlier than the U.S. Supreme Court docket,” the grievance stated, citing his position in two instances, neither of which succeeded. “In doing so, Mr. Cruz moved past his place as a United States senator and sought to make use of greater than his Twitter account and media appearances to help Mr. Trump’s anti-democratic mission.”
Elsewhere, the grievance argued, Mr. Cruz continued to make statements that he knew to be false, in regards to the election and in regards to the state courts in Pennsylvania being partisan.
“Mr. Cruz knew that the allegations he was echoing had already been reviewed and rejected by courts,” the grievance says. “And he knew that claims of voter fraud or the election being stolen have been false.”
A spokesman for Mr. Cruz dismissed the 65 Undertaking as “a far-left darkish cash smear machine run by a who’s who of shameless Democrat hacks. They’re not a reputable group and their grievance gained’t be definitely worth the paper it’s printed on.”
The 65 Undertaking’s advisers embrace the Hillary Clinton ally David Brock and Paul Rosenzweig, a conservative and former Republican who labored on the Ken Starr particular prosecution workforce investigating the Clintons. The 65 Undertaking was shaped to carry accountable attorneys concerned in a sequence of lawsuits looking for to undermine President Biden’s victory in 2020.
Its targets have included a spread of attorneys who labored on the postelection lawsuits in 2020. Mr. Cruz is the primary senator the group has focused in its marketing campaign, which remains to be in its early levels.
The grievance cited the suspension of the law license of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the previous mayor of New York Metropolis and certainly one of Mr. Trump’s attorneys, in New York as a precedent for what might occur to Mr. Cruz.
In an interview, Mr. Rosenzweig stated that the aim of the grievance was to clarify that the necessity for “self-regulation for false statements is an actual factor,” and that “when you transgress these guidelines, you’ll at minimal endure the general public consequence of being known as out in your misconduct.”
Mr. Rosenzweig stated that the objective was to not punish individuals for representing purchasers, no matter how many individuals might disagree with their views, however slightly that it was “about whether or not a lawyer” might “suborn legal conduct.”