A petition is circulating calling for Sen. Ted Cruz to be disbarred for his objections to certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win, which many believe contributed to the violent attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6.
More than 9,000 lawyers and law students have signed a petition calling for the disbarment of Cruz and Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, who joined Cruz in objecting to the certification of the election results. Cruz and Hawley continued with their objections even after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, forcing representatives to evacuate and causing 5 deaths, including the death of a Capitol police officer.
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Cruz is currently a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas and the District of Columbia Bar. He graduated from Havard Law School in 1995 and has been a member of the Texas bar since 1997.
According to the Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss, seven third-year law students started the petition, feeling the current condemnation of Cruz and Hawley wasn’t enough.
“The senators’ actions to undermine democracy by spreading false claims of voter fraud and inciting insurrection violated the ethical and professional obligations of all members of the bar, and as aspiring lawyers, we thought it was important to speak up,” Yale student Daniel Ki wrote in an email, Strauss reports.
“We decided to ask other law students and members of the bar to join in the call to begin immediate disbarment proceedings against Sens. Hawley and Cruz and have been inspired and heartened by the overwhelming response,” he said.
More than 1,000 members of the Washington D.C., Missouri, and Texas bars have signed the petition, including former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, Harvard Law professors Laurence Tribe and Michael Klarman, retired appeals court judge H. Lee Sarokin and former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter, Strauss reports.
The petition asks that only lawyers and law students sign.
Cruz is also facing calls to resign from his position in the Senate, including one from the Houston Chronicle editorial board.
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