The lead attorney who sued the Trump reelection campaign, Joseph diGenova and Newsmax over death threats made against former cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs says that a pro-Trump “shadow group” is plotting the assassination of political leaders that it believes are involved in stealing the 2020 presidential election from Donald Trump.
Jim Walden issued a statement on Wednesday with the following ominous sounding warning: “We became aware tonight that a shadow group has launched a campaign on a website called ‘enemies of the people’ proposing the assassinations of various Republican and Democratic leaders who they falsely claim are complicit in manipulating the 2020 presidential campaign. If blood is spilled, it is on the hands of the president, his campaign, his lawyers, and the silent Republicans standing in the president’s shadow.”
In a follow-up tweet the attorney vowed to “expose these terrorists and cowards” and “make sure they are brought to justice.”
Threats of violence against political officials have become increasingly common as Trump and his supporters repeatedly invoke the incendiary phrase “enemies of the people” to refer to public figures with whom they disagree. Krebs drew Trump’s ire and was fired by the president for stating that the 2020 election was the most secure in the country’s history.
diGenova, who once was a U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, said during an appearance on Newsmax that the former head of the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) should face the same fate as a traitor and “should be drawn and quartered. Taken out at dawn and shot.” Following those statements Krebs and his family have been bombarded with death threats and now are under security.
Walden and his firm on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against diGenova, the Trump campaign and the ultra right-wing news outlet for defamation and infliction of emotional distress. The first hearing in that case is scheduled for March 2021.