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Lawyers Seek Sanctions Against Kellyanne Conway

| by Jordan Smith

A group of 15 lawyers has signed a letter calling for sanctions against White House aide Kellyanne Conway in Washington D.C. and the state of New jersey.

The signatories argue Conway should be prevented from practicing law due to her actions as Trump's counselor, Philly Voice reported.

Conway is accused in the letter of violating regulations that prohibit government officials from engaging in "conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation," according to Philly Voice.

The law professors referred to Conway's "false statement that President Barack Obama had 'banned' Iraqi refugees from coming into the United States for six months."

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Conway also made use of "Alternative facts" and spoke of a non-existent "Bowling Green Massacre," the letter added.

"We do not file this complaint lightly … she is currently acting in a way that brings shame on the legal profession," Susan Brooks, a law professor and associate dean at Drexel University, said.

Conway still holds a legal license in New Jersey, but has been suspended from the bar in D.C. for not paying dues.

The complaint against Conway has been opposed by another professor.

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Professor John Banzhaf III declared that the letter "seeks a remedy which appears to be unconstitutional because it would chill the freedom of speech of any political figure simply because he or she was a member of the bar, and create an untenable double standard in which a tiny group of unelected officials could wreck someone's livelihood."

He also had a warning for the signatories.

"The very filing of this complaint upon such specious grounds could open the law professors themselves up to the filing of a bar complaint and subsequent investigation," he added.

Earlier in February, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) called for an investigation of Conway after she promoted Ivanka Trump's product line during a television appearance.

"Go buy Ivanka's stuff is what I would tell you," Conway said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends," according to NPR. "I hate shopping, and I'm going to go get some on myself today."

"Under the present circumstances, there is strong reason to believe that Ms. Conway has violated the standards of conduct and that disciplinary action is warranted," wrote OGE Director Walter Shaub, according to NPR.

Sources: Philly Voice, NPR / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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