Trump campaign lawyer: I quit because Trump is using me to ‘perpetuate a crime’

In a motion filed this Thursday, a lawyer working for the Trump campaign told a federal judge that he can no longer represent the President in a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s election results because his work was being used to incite the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

Law&Crime reports that attorney Jerome M. Marcus filed a “Motion for Leave to Withdraw as Counsel in the Trump campaign’s action against the Philadelphia County Board of Elections.”

“Marcus cited to § 1.16(b)(3) and (4) of the Pennsylvania’s Rules of Professional Conduct, informing U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond that his client—the president’s campaign—had ‘used the lawyer’s services to perpetrate a crime,'” the report stated.

The motion added that “the client insists upon taking action that the lawyer considers repugnant and with which the lawyer has a fundamental disagreement.”

U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond ruled that the Trump campaign must respond to the motion within 14 days.

Speaking to Law&Crime, Marcus said that his resignation was due to Trump’s role in inciting violence at the Capitol.

“…I believe that the filing of that and other cases was used by President Trump yesterday to incite people to violence. I refer specifically to his urging people to come to Washington for a ‘wild’ protest,” he stated. “I want absolutely no part of that. Therefore I have asked the court to allow me to withdraw as counsel.”

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