Several members of the Oath Keepers militia group are facing criminal charges stemming from the January 6th attack on Congress, but the group is also one of the named defendants in a civil lawsuit, alongside Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and another extremist group, the Proud Boys. Now attorneys for the Oath Keepers say they haven’t been paid and are ready to quit.
According to RawStory, attorney Kerry L. Morgan and the law firm Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P.C., which were representing the extremist group in their defense in the civil case, have filed a motion in court saying that they have not been paid for their work, and that the clients won’t respond to their attempts at contact, and they’re ready to quit the case.
The attorneys say they’ve already advised the Oath Keepers to find someone else to represent them — though they have no confirmation that the militia group even received the message, and they’ve not been notified if the group has found new lawyers. They want the court to order the defendants to find new lawyers, and to give official permission for the current defense to quit the case.
Before what the attorneys call a “breakdown of communication,” they had joined defense attorneys for Trump and Giuliani in filing a motion to dismiss the case, which was brought by several Members of Congress, asserting that there’s no evidence the Oath Keepers planned in advance to do anything more than attend a Trump speech that day, the Washington Post reports.
A Congressional Committee has subpoenaed documents from the National Archives that might, among other things, prove what contacts the then-president made in advance of the attack, and whether there was any clear role in planning the failed insurrection.
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