Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel just made her move and announced she will seek sanctions against Sidney Powell.
Powell has worked for Trump and continues to work at least in coordination with the campaign’s efforts to reverse the election.
Nessel made the announcement in a year-end phone call with Michigan reporters. Jonathan Oosting broke the news that Nessel is seeking sanctions for “what we believe to be an intentional misrepresentation,” by Powell.
“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,” Nessel said.
The City of Detroit had already been asking a federal judge to punish Powell for filing what it described as an illegitimate lawsuit “to advance the false narrative that our democratic system is broken.”
“Plaintiffs and their counsel understood that the mere filing of a suit (no matter how frivolous) could, without any evidence, raise doubts in the minds of millions of Americans about the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election,” David Fink, a lawyer for the City of Detroit, wrote in a motion seeking sanctions. “As this Court noted, ‘Plaintiffs ask th[e] Court to ignore the orderly statutory scheme established to challenge elections and to ignore the will of millions of voters.’”
Detroit is asking the federal judge to fine Powell, ban her from practicing law in the Eastern District of Michigan, and refer her to the Michigan bar for more punishments.
The City of Detroit was angry over a lawsuit Powell filed seeking to decertify President-elect Joe Biden’s commanding win in the state over baseless allegations of fraud from voters in Detroit.
A federal judge dismissed Powell’s suit in a scathing opinion, writing: “This lawsuit seems to be less about achieving the relief plaintiffs seek — as much of that relief is beyond the power of this court — and more about the impact of their allegations on people’s faith in the democratic process and their trust in our government.”
The judge, Linda Parker, wrote that Powell was asking the court to “ignore the will of millions of voters,” which was something Parker said she “cannot, and will not, do.”
"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 any more," Nessel told Michigan reporters in a year-end press call. https://t.co/yUl8Yws7P0— Jonathan Oosting (@jonathanoosting) December 22, 2020
NEW: Michigan AG Dana Nessel says she will seek professional sanctions against Sidney Powell, Trump campaign attorneys who made “what we believe to be an intentional misrepresentation” of facts in recent election lawsuits.— Jonathan Oosting (@jonathanoosting) December 22, 2020