The outrageous prosecution of me by California state bar officials enters its sixth week with the trial resuming on Tuesday. The term “prosecution” is really not apt. It’s more like persecution by activist lawyers determined to “get” President Trump and every lawyer like me who had the temerity to defend his right to lawfully challenge illegalities in the 2020 election.
This whole affair has been a prime example of the “lawfare” into which our system of justice has degenerated.
The crux of the State Bar’s case against me is its claim that there was no evidence of significant fraud in the 2020 presidential elections and my legal filings on behalf of President Trump and my public statements to the contrary show that I am unfit to be a lawyer.
But a funny thing happened once I got to start putting on my case – all of the election illegality and fraud that we all saw with our own eyes back in 2020 finally began to get its day in court, and the testimony of my witnesses has been eye-opening.
First up was Berkeley Law School Professor John Yoo who, like me, is an expert in constitutional law and particularly in the original meaning of the Constitution.
He explained in great detail – despite efforts by the Bar’s lawyers to block his testimony – how our nation’s founders specifically declined to give Congress any power over the choosing of a President, lest their carefully-wrought separation of powers plan be undermined.
He also pointed out, based on his extensive scholarly research, that the original text of Article II, which is repeated verbatim in the 12th Amendment, assigns to the Vice President – NOT Congress – the power to open electoral certificates and, necessarily, the power to make judgments about which certificates are to be opened and counted.
And he testified that the majority of the scholarship on this subject agreed with my position as presented in court filings and public statements – that the Vice President had the ultimate decision-making authority to resolve disputes about contested electoral votes.
Next up was Justice Michael Gabelman, former Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the individual appointed by the Wisconsin legislature to serve as Special Counsel investigating the Wisconsin elections. He testified at length about the widespread illegalities in Wisconsin in 2020.
These included Democrat counties accepting millions in funding from a Mark Zuckerberg group to assist in the conduct of the election – including efforts to boost Democrat turnout – as well as the illegal use of drop boxes, illegal processing of absentee ballots and illegal balloting in nursing homes and similar facilities. One Democrat operative even took over running the Green Bay elections office!
My team also brought forth an election integrity expert from Georgia, Garland Favorito, who offered extensive testimony about irregularities and illegalities in that state. These included the destruction of 1.7 million ballot images, the deletion of video surveillance for 181,000 ballots cast at drop boxes, extensive contradictory data surrounding chain of custody issues, and clearly fraudulent ballots that were counted.
For example, Favorito said there was “flat-out fraud” where he found “7 falsified tally sheets with 850 Biden votes to 0 Trump votes” in his election audit. He said they found mail-in ballots in Fulton County that weren’t folded even though they must be mailed to voters, ballots that were filled out electronically instead of with a regular pen, ballots that did not have the correct paper stock, and dozens of ballots in a row that were voted the same way.
All told, Mr. Favorito said that the total of counterfeit ballots substantially exceeded the margin that state officials attributed to Joe Biden’s victory.
I look forward to continuing to present my defense this week, which hopefully will include testimony from officials in Arizona who can speak to irregularities and illegalities there. (The court has yet to rule on whether my witnesses will be able to present such testimony.)
The amount of time I have had to devote to defending myself against this abuse of power has been immense – one has to wonder whether keeping me on defense rather than bringing constitutional challenges against government abuses elsewhere is one of their goals.
But in addition to the inordinate amount of my time, the financial burden imposed on me by having full trial teams in place for what will end up being 7 or 8 weeks of trial has also been immense, and it weighs heavily on me and my family.
I have already expended hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend myself against the false allegations and politically-motivated investigations that have been going on for nearly two years now.
As you know, aside from this disbarment proceeding in California, I have been indicted in Georgia on false charges and have been named an “unindicted co-conspirator” in Jack Smith’s prosecution of President Trump in Washington, DC over the election challenges.
All told, I am looking at over $1 million in additional legal expenses to defend my good name and reputation, and to combat those who want to destroy me, bankrupt my family, and throw me in prison.
Your financial support in the past has been a true blessing. However, with the massive ordeal before me at this time, I hope that you will consider making an additional contribution to help me defend against these outrageous, politically-motivated charges. It would mean a great deal to me and my family, and would be a big help to ensure my legal team has the resources needed to fight.
Please keep me and our family in your prayers as we embark on this sixth week of trial in California while dealing with all the other attacks in Georgia and Washington, DC. With your continued help, we will prevail.
Thank you for your friendship and support.
Attorney for President Donald Trump
PS – Contributions to my legal defense fund are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.