A gaggle fashioned within the hopes of disbarring attorneys who labored on circumstances during 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 gaggle referred to as the 65 Project, 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 played a leading role in the effort to overturn the 2020 elections. And while the same can be said about several other elected officials, Mr. Cruz’s involvement was manifestly different,” the grievance stated, asserting that Mr. Cruz moved past merely working inside the confines of Congress.
“He chose to take on the role of lawyer and agreed to represent Mr. Trump and Pennsylvania Republicans in litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court,” the grievance stated, citing his position in two circumstances, neither of which succeeded. “In doing so, Mr. Cruz moved beyond his position as a United States senator and sought to use more than his Twitter account and media appearances to support Mr. Trump’s anti-democratic mission.”
Elsewhere, the grievance argued, Mr. Cruz continued to make statements that he knew to be false, concerning the election and concerning 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 were false.”
A spokesman for Mr. Cruz dismissed the 65 Project as “a far-left dark money smear machine run by a who’s who of shameless Democrat hacks. They’re not a credible organization and their complaint won’t be worth the paper it’s printed on.”
The 65 Project’s advisers embody the Hillary Clinton ally David Brock and Paul Rosenzweig, a conservative and former Republican who labored on the Ken Starr particular prosecution crew investigating the Clintons. The 65 Project was fashioned to maintain accountable attorneys concerned in a sequence of lawsuits looking for to undermine President Biden’s victory in 2020.
Its targets have included a variety 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 phases.
The grievance cited the suspension of the law license of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the previous mayor of New York City and 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 a real thing,” and that “if you transgress those rules, you will at minimum suffer the public consequence of being called out for your misconduct.”
Mr. Rosenzweig stated that the objective was not to punish folks for representing shoppers, regardless of how many individuals might disagree with their views, however fairly that it was “about whether a lawyer” might “suborn criminal conduct.”