House Republicans seek to censure top Trump critic Pascrell

Posted Nov 28, 2020

Some of the most conservative Republicans in the U.S. House don’t like Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr.’s attacks on President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election and moved Friday to censure the New Jersey congressman.

Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, chair of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, introduced a censure resolution with four of his colleagues, Warren Davidson of Ohio, Andy Harris of Maryland, Debbie Lesko of Arizona and Randy Weber of Texas. Former New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett was a co-founder of the group.

Pascrell, D-9th Dist., on Saturday called the lawmakers “fascist wannabes.”

“Those supporting this pathetic resolution are complicit in Trump’s attempt to become a dictator,” Pascrell said.

All five GOP members backed Trump more than 95% of the time during the current Congress, according to Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.

What drew their ire was Pascrell’s recent letters to state bar associations, requesting that they revoke the law licenses of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and 22 other lawyers representing the Trump campaign for making false claims of voter fraud.

In the resolution, the Republicans said, “President Donald J. Trump’s campaign has a legal right to sue to ensure that each legal vote is counted and to challenge any illegal votes” and Pascrell did not have the right to engage in “conduct that threatens the livelihoods of American citizens.”

Some three dozen Trump campaign lawsuits have been rejected in court because the president’s lawyers have failed to offer any evidence of fraud even as they make those allegations at press conferences and in conservative media.

Those are the same lawyers whose tactics were called “a national embarrassment” by former Gov. Chris Christie, a strong Trump supporter.

“Donald Trump and his minions are trying to steal the election after getting blown out by President-elect Joe Biden,” said Pascrell, one of Trump’s fiercest House critics. “His lawyers filing frivolous lawsuits in taxpayer-funded courts are accomplices to Trump’s assault on American democracy and they must be held accountable.”

On Friday, a unanimous 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia threw out Trump’s attempt to stop Pennsylvania officials from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in that battleground state.

“Charges require specific allegations and then proof,” Judge Stephanos Bibas wrote in the decision of the court. “We have neither here.”

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