Free Speech for People, a bipartisan group of constitutional attorneys, released a statement urging top law firms not to hire Trump administration attorneys involved in abuse of power.
Free speech for people wrote in part:
As colleagues at the Bar, we have a great shared responsibility for the long-term integrity of our profession and the principles on which our system of democratic governance is based. The rule of law is based on democratic norms and legal ethics. These principles do not exist in the abstract, but are strengthened by the behavior and deliberate self-control of every member of our legal community. We urge you now to exercise great caution before adding former Trump administration agents and officers to your ranks. With rare exceptions, these lawyers have discredited and disqualified themselves from positions in honorable, diverse, and forward-looking law firms.
We are often asked to represent and defend unfavorable people and interests from positive attacks. While this aspect of the attorney’s role may include defending ex-Trump officials from criminal investigations, it certainly does not extend to hiring them. Corruption, abuse of power and illegal activities can take years to become fully publicized.
In the meantime, any politically appointed attorney who has served the Trump administration, whether in a legal position or otherwise, should be scrutinized with great care, even if their names or agencies are unrelated to scandals or corruption during their tenure were brought. Over decades, your companies have diligently built a reputation for professionalism, honesty, and pragmatism by providing honest advice and zealous but honorable advocacy to your customers. When you and your law firms join forces with former Trump attorneys, your partners, your employees, and your firm’s good name will be dishonored.
Trump administration lawyers were working on guidelines on child separation. They obstructed justice for Trump, cracked down on peaceful protesters and enabled Trump’s attacks on democracy and the postal service.
These individuals should not be rewarded for crimes against their profession with high-profile, well-paid jobs in large law firms.
They should be held accountable for their actions and viewed as a liability that will not benefit any future employer.
Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association