D.C Gridiron Club Ousts Trump Campaign Lawyer Who Threatened Chris Krebs
Trump campaign lawyer Joseph diGenova, who suggested that a former government cybersecurity official be killed for insisting that the presidential election results can be trusted, has been kicked out of the prestigious Washington, D.C., Gridiron Club.
The 135-year-old club primarily is an organization for Washington journalists, but over the years has welcomed in high-profile political personalities. diGenova, who was the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia in the 1980s, has been a member for more than 25 years but was asked to resign.
diGenova ignited a huge controversy on Monday when he called for the execution of Christopher Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity Infrastructure & Security Agency who Trump fired for saying the presidential election was secure.
“Anybody who thinks the election went well, like that idiot Krebs who used to be the head of cybersecurity. That guy is a class A moron. He should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot,” diGenova said. After Krebs said he was considering legal action, the lawyer tried to take back his comments by saying he saying he was speaking hyperbolically and didn’t really mean that Krebs should be killed.
Craig Gilbert, the current president of the Gridiron Club and Washington bureau chief for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, said, “We were dismayed by his comments and we felt that they were, on top of everything else, just antithetical to what the club is about. It’s a social club – we’re all about fellowship and good will.”
diGenova was widely condemned for the remarks. On Wednesday, he told The Washington Post that he has received a a flurry of threatening phone calls and that his law firm hired private security for him, his wife and their employees.
On Capitol Hill, two Democratic representatives – Kathleen Rice of New York and Ted Lieu of California – wrote to the disciplinary arm of the D.C. Bar Association asking it to investigate diGenova for inciting violence and violating the rules of professional conduct. The lawmakers, both former prosecutors, wrote, “If a lawyer licensed in the District of Columbia can – while speaking in a representative capacity – publicly call for the death of his client’s perceived adversaries without consequences, the (bar) Counsel has abjectly failed in its duty.”