In addition to pressuring GOP legislatures in swing states and flooding social media with lies, the infamously litigious outgoing President, Donald Trump, has filed dozens of lawsuits since Election Day in his effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which he lost to President-elect Joe Biden by 74 electoral votes.
Nearly all of these lawsuits have failed, especially in the bellwether state of Pennsylvania. The Supreme Court—three of whose Justices were appointed by Trump—dismissed two cases filed by pro-Trump lawyers seeking to invalidate the Commonwealth's certified results.
Trump's lies that the 2020 election was stolen by Democrats came to its most gruesome culmination yet on Wednesday when pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol, halting the joint session of Congress that later certified Biden's victory.
The insurrectionists infiltrated the Capitol, forcing Vice President Mike Pence—who was presiding over the session—to evacuate, while lawmakers and journalists scrambled to take refuge in offices and behind chairs.
By the end of the night, four people had died. Tear gas was deployed and guns drawn inside the Capitol. Offices were ransacked and the Senate floor was defiled as the extremists paraded through it freely.
The unprecedented siege of the Capitol by domestic terrorists has alarmed many of Trump's own officials, some of whom have since resigned.
Now, one of the lawyers representing Trump in yet another quixotic lawsuit to overturn Pennsylvania's results wants out.
Jerome Marcus, Trump Campaign lawyer for the PA election issues, has submitted a request to the court to withdraw as Trump's Campaign counsel and cites Trump using his services "to perpetrate a crime and "insist[ing] "upon taking action that [Marcus] considers repugnant." pic.twitter.com/T8qzZHDEpL
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) January 7, 2021
Jerome Marcus, a lawyer representing the President in Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. v. Philadelphia County Board of Elections, filed a motion to withdraw as Trump's counsel in the District Court case.
Marcus wrote in the motion:
"The undersigned respectfully requests leave of this Court to withdraw as counsel for plaintiff ... inasmuch as the client has used the lawyer's services to perpetrate a crime and the client insists upon taking action that the lawyer considers repugnant and with which the lawyer has a fundamental disagreement."
But with Marcus repeatedly defending the fraud lies that motivated pro-Trump extremists to storm the Capitol, the court of public opinion wasn't kind.
That Trump camp attorney who wants to withdraw, Jerome Marcus, wrote Federalist column claiming to witness fraud and provided no examples of it.https://t.co/Edg6nrUrtP
Now, he cites code about a client committing a crime and taking repugnant action. https://t.co/qGchkM9umx
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) January 7, 2021
Does Jerome Marcus think he will be remembered for something other than trying to disenfranchise his fellow Pennsylvanians with that “non zero" answer ? https://t.co/HpNZ4QleDm
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 7, 2021
He still helped in the first place. He should be disbarred. https://t.co/nuPTDFCokA
— 3 Star Antifa General (@nevahagain) January 7, 2021
Too little, too late. The rats abandoning the sinking ship should not be immune from disbarment and prosecution. https://t.co/9mVroxsUNj
— Amanda Kirk (@KirkWordsmith) January 7, 2021
Oh NOW it's an issue. As if you couldn't have seen that before? https://t.co/RlgLQrwPvj
— PJ (@techandtrading) January 7, 2021
The spineless are all suddenly growing spines. https://t.co/ufZC1nBmES
— Midwest Jules (@UofIPackWSFan) January 7, 2021
There are growing calls to remove Trump from office for fomenting the coup attempt.
A number of Administration officials are resigning in protest to Trump's horrific acts of sedition yesterday. Not good enough! The Vice President and cabinet members must invoke the 25th amendment NOW and remove Trump from office before he incites more violence and chaos.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 7, 2021
The 25th amendment must be invoked immediately.
I joined @RepRaskin on legislation to invoke the 25th amendment last year, and now it's taken on a new and dangerous urgency.
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 7, 2021
Rep. Adam Kinzinger becomes first GOP lawmaker to call for invoking 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office: "The President is unfit and the President is unwell. And the President now must relinquish control of the Executive Branch voluntarily or involuntarily." pic.twitter.com/CVsMjIeUfc
— The Hill (@thehill) January 7, 2021
Trump has only 13 days left in office, but lawmakers on both sides of the aisle emphasize that each day he's in the White House presents a national security threat.