A misconduct complaint has been filed against Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with the Wisconsin Office of Lawyer Regulation relating to Priebus interfering with the FBI’s investigations into the Trump/Russia scandal.
The complaint filed by attorney J. Whitfield Larrabee states:
There is probable cause to charge attorney Reince Priebus (“Priebus”) with violations of Wisconsin’s Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys, Supreme Court Rules, Chapter 20. The violations of these rules relate to Priebus’ corrupt attempt to influence investigations by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) into criminal activity involving associates of Donald J. Trump (“Trump”) and Russian government officials.
It is a violation of SCR 20:8.4 (b) for a lawyer to “commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects.” It is a violation of SCR 20:8.4 (c) “to engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.” There is probable cause to charge Priebus with such serious violations of these particular ethical requirements that it will be necessary and appropriate to revoke his license to practice of law if the charges are established.
Mr. Larrabee told PoliticusUSA, “I filed the complaint as a concerned citizen and attorney because I was alarmed that Reince Priebus would communicate with the FBI about a pending investigation of the collusion between Trump campaign officials and senior Russian intelligence officials. Communications by Priebus with the FBI about a pending investigation of this sort severely violates the integrity of the investigation and is a blatant form of corruption.”
It is important that concerned citizens get involved and use any mechanism to hold government officials accountable for their actions. People need to be involved. It has been decades since the United States has had an administration as opposed to transparency as Trump.
The complaint highlights the fact that an independent outside investigation must be conducted. The White House will try to squash and shape any investigation that they have access to or influence over.
The best way for the truth to be made public is for the American people to ceaselessly demand an independent investigation.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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