Nessel said the attorneys were involved in a suit “based on falsehoods, used their law license in an attempt to disenfranchise Michigan voters and undermine the faith of the public in the legitimacy of the recent presidential election, and lent credence to untruths that led to violence and unrest.”
“The 2020 general election was the most secure in our nation’s history, and these lawyers abused their authority by filing meritless, frivolous lawsuits for the sole purpose of undermining public faith in the election,” Benson said in a press release. “They must be held accountable for this unprecedented attack on our democracy and prevented from replicating such harm in the future.”
Rohl, Hagerstrom, Junttila and Powell were involved in the King v. Whitmer lawsuit, which asked federal courts to overturn President Joe Biden’s win in Michigan based on a bevy of conspiracy theories and claims contradicted by election experts.
Biden, a Democrat, won Michigan by 154,000 votes, but supporters of Republican Donald Trump sought to question the result based on unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
Nationally, Powell is the most well known of the four attorneys. She was involved in failed election challenges in multiple swing states. She once described her legal effort as releasing the “kraken.”
On Dec. 7, Detroit U.S. District Court Judge Linda Parker of Michigan’s Eastern District rejected the Michigan lawsuit, saying the effort aimed to “ignore the will of millions of voters.”
The suit seemed “less about achieving the relief” the GOP plaintiffs sought and “more about the impact of their allegations on people’s faith in the democratic process and their trust in our government,” the judge wrote.
Junttila declined to comment on the suggestion that she be disbarred.
The City of Detroit and Nessel have already sought legal sanctions against the attorneys in the Eastern District of Michigan.