Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, the law firm leading the Trump campaign’s efforts to suspect presidential election results in Pennsylvania, abruptly withdrew from the federal lawsuit that it had previously filed on behalf of President Trump.
“The plaintiff and Porter Wright have reached a mutual agreement that if Porter Wright withdraws, the plaintiff will be best served,” the law firm filed in a federal court.
The firm then returned An article in the New York Times on Monday Described internal tensions at the firm about his work for Mr. Trump’s campaign in Pennsylvania. Some employees said they were concerned that the firm was being used to undermine the integrity of the electoral process. A Porter Wright lawyer resigned in protest over the summer.
“The canceled culture has finally reached court,” said Trump campaign communications director Tim Muerto. “The leftist mob descended on some of the lawyers representing the presidential campaign and they were baffled.” He said Mr Trump’s team is “undisputed” and will continue its litigation.
Porter Wright – who is based in Columbus, Ohio, and has offices in Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC – is one of the few prominent law firms that continues to represent Mr. Trump’s campaign or Republican Party because of aspects of Challenges elections.
In states such as Arizona, the Trump campaign and Republicans mostly rely on local law firms, not those with national profiles, to file election results or cases challenging the voting process.
The exception is Jones Day, one of the largest law firms in the country. It represented Mr. Trump’s campaigns in 2016 and 2020, and during the Trump presidency, Is included in About 20 lawsuits involving Mr. Trump, his campaign or the Republican Party.
More recently, Jones has been representing the Republican Party in Pennsylvania in litigation regarding the handling of mail-in votes received after Election Day. Some of the firm’s partners have expressed unease about its involvement in that case, as well as Jones Day’s extensive work for the Trump campaign.
Jones Day spokesman Dave Petro said in a statement this week that the Pennsylvania litigation involved constitutional questions. “Jones Day will not back down from that representation,” he said. Mr. Petro said that the firm had not made allegations of voter fraud and was not contesting the election results.
A well-funded Lincoln project, anti-Trump Republic, began this week Publicly urging employees Jones Day and Porter Wright to resign and said it would call on customers to stop working with firms.
Porter Wright is the firm most heavily involved in the Trump campaign’s efforts to invalidate the results in Pennsylvania, where President-Elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. defeated Mr. Trump By more than 50,000 votes.
Porter Wright took several actions in Pennsylvania courts challenging aspects of the state’s voting process. The lawsuit that the law firm withdrew Filed on monday In Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on behalf of the Trump campaign. It alleged that there were “irregularities” in the presidential vote across the state.
Jones Day was not involved in the lawsuit, which is pending. The Democratic National Committee has filed a motion to dismiss it.
A Porter Wright spokesman, Melanie Farkus, said on Friday that the firm would “work to ensure the transition to substitute attorney, and therefore would not cause adverse effects to the material in the client’s interest.” He declined to comment further.
It is unclear whether Porter Wright will continue to represent Mr. Trump’s campaign on other matters recorded.
Porter Wright’s leading lawyers have donated according to the Trump campaign Federal election record.
A partner, Jeremy A. Mercer, Trump campaign spoke at news conference Last week in Pennsylvania. Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolf W. Giuliani introduced Mr. Mercer as a volunteer election supervisor who was “interrupted in a terrible way.” “We are there, supposedly looking, but we cannot see,” said Mr. Mercer.
Nor does it mention that Mr. Mercer was an attorney at the firm who was representing Mr. Trump’s campaign. Arriving on Friday, Mr. Mercer declined to comment.
On Wednesday, Porter Wright released a statement, stating that “a long history of election law work, during which we have represented Democratic, Republican, and independent campaigns and issues.”
“Sometimes it calls for us to raise controversial matters,” the statement said. “We expect criticism in such instances, and we affirm the right of all individuals to express concern and disagreement.”
Alan Fayur contributed reporting. Kitty Bennett contributed to the research.