Last Tuesday, a former Florida congressional-candidate, Pamela Keith, filed a petition to have Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz disbarred over his continued support of President Donald Trump's efforts to undermine the 2020 election and American democracy.
Pamela Keith announced the news on Twitter.
This petition to disbar Matt Gaetz has been filed. But you can still sign. I will update the Bar w/additional sign… https://t.co/3fi0CM3HwC— Pam Keith, Esq. (@Pam Keith, Esq.)1608655374.0
Keith, a lawyer herself, states in the petition:
"For the reasons stated herein, Mr. Gaetz engaged in conduct that blatantly violates the standards and norms of lawyers licensed in this state, and should be sanctioned for his conduct, up to and including, disbarment."
She pointed out that this was not the first time that Gaetz has engaged in suspect behavior.
"This is Mr. Gaetz third serious infraction within the last four years."
But she stated that the most important reason that Gaetz should be disbarred is this:
"But Mr. Gaetz's latest transgression is one that truly warrants loss of the right to practice law in the State of Florida. In this latest episode, Mr. Gaetz willingly participated in an act of sedition, and an illegal and immoral effort to disenfranchise millions of American voters."
"I ask that the Bar fully investigate Mr. Gaetz's actions, whether or not they believe themselves to have authority to discipline him at this time, and that the Bar publish its findings with respect to Mr. Gaetz's actions and choices."
"I maintain that no lawyer should act in furtherance of sedition or destruction of the Constitution of the United States."
In the body of the petition, Keith goes on to enumerate evidence of violations of Gaetz's oath of office, abuse of courts, bad faith and lack of candor to a tribunal.
Many thanked Keith for her service.
@PamKeithFL https://t.co/DOIslSCN7F— Gedeon❤🖤💚🇯🇲 (@Gedeon❤🖤💚🇯🇲)1608655451.0
@PamKeithFL Amazing! Thank you!— Members of the Press WTF (@Members of the Press WTF)1608655512.0
@PamKeithFL Signed! Thank you Pam!— Julie💫 Wants the TrumpS In Prison (@Julie💫 Wants the TrumpS In Prison)1608655738.0
@PamKeithFL https://t.co/1NxmSRVvm3— Rahul (@Rahul)1608656447.0
Others were surprised to find out Gaetz is a lawyer.
@PamKeithFL Matt Gaetz is a lawyer? From what... Tom & Jerry University?— @large (@@large)1608655585.0
And many had other people in Trump-world they hoped would get disbarred.
@PamKeithFL That's great. Can you also petition to disbar Trump's "lawyers" & Sidney Kraken too?— Jᴇɴɴɪᴇ Asᴛᴀʀᴛɪᴇʟ 💉 Isʜᴛᴀʀ Asᴇᴛ Iɴᴀɴɴᴀ Mᴏʀɴɪɴɢsᴛᴀʀ (@Jᴇɴɴɪᴇ Asᴛᴀʀᴛɪᴇʟ 💉 Isʜᴛᴀʀ Asᴇᴛ Iɴᴀɴɴᴀ Mᴏʀɴɪɴɢsᴛᴀʀ)1608667675.0
@PamKeithFL @worldflood1 Ow do Rudy Giuliani and Lindsey Graham— Aunt Paula (@Aunt Paula)1608658793.0
@PamKeithFL Can we do @Jim_Jordan too?! Oh wait, he never passed the bar exam. Signed this petition though.— John P. McMeel (@John P. McMeel)1608658332.0
@PamKeithFL You should probably expand it to include Rudy and his merry band of ignoramuses.— gtl212 (@gtl212)1608655595.0
@PamKeithFL Thank you for doing this. What about @AGAshleyMoody FL FL AG for joining the amicus brief?— maryanne (@maryanne)1608675339.0
Whether or not this petition is successful remains to be seen, but if it is, more may soon.