Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has called for attorneys who have made claims of voter fraud in Michigan during the 2020 presidential election and who have brought such cases to trial to be sanctioned.
Who and What Does Nessel Have in Mind?
Nessel’s statement was vague, so it is not entirely clear whom she has set her sights upon, nor is it clear precisely what kind of sanctions she would like to slap the attorneys she is after with. However, some things can be deduced from her remarks.
First, it is likely that Sidney Powell will be one of those targeted. Second, Nessel has said, “I think we need to go back to a time where you can trust an attorney is making an accurate and truthful representation to the court because if they don’t, then they won’t be able to practice law anymore.” This means that she will seek to prevent those whom she is after from practicing law—at least in the state of Michigan, and possibly all over the country.
Nessel alleges that “intentional misrepresentations” have been made by certain pro-Trump attorneys. This is how she aims to justify her attempts to sanction these attorneys.
It is not clear what Nessel has in mind when she speaks of “intentional misrepresentations” or what alleged examples of such behavior she is concerned with. In practice, an “intentional misrepresentation” may well just turn out to be whatever Dana Nessel says it is.
To give some indication of the kind of vindictive behavior Nessel can be capable of, in a cease-and-desist letter from October 28, she threatened journalist Shane Trejo and Big League Politics, the organization he works for, with prosecution for publishing leaked audio recordings in which Detroit poll workers were instructed on ways to commit election fraud.
Nessel’s talk of “sanctions,” therefore, may well just be a way to take vengeance on Trump allies for not allowing Joe Biden to coast to victory, despite significant evidence of election irregularities and outright fraud, not only in Michigan but in other states.
Nessel feels the need to hint at taking such actions despite the fact that in virtually all cases, courts have rejected the requests of pro-Trump attorneys to throw out the ballots they have argued were illegitimately cast. Of course, in these cases, the judges have tended to simply dismiss the evidence or throw out cases on procedural grounds. They have generally not even listened to a full presentation of the evidence.
Nessel’s behavior is also not unique among left-wing partisans. Many on the left, including New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have suggested that Trump loyalists should be prevented from ever finding political work in Washington again. Others have even arranged to harass Trump’s family members through lawfare while still others have called for Orwellian “Truth and Reconciliation Commissions” where Trump supporters are to be shown the error of their ways.
Trump Fires Back
In a tweet on December 26, President Trump fired back against the Michigan AG, saying, “These lawyers are true patriots who are fighting for the truth and, obviously, getting very close. AG should be sanctioned. Fight on!”
It is not clear what, if anything, these remarks really amount to.