Trump Campaign Lawyer Under Official Protection Following ‘Threats'
Linda Kerns was 'the subject of threats of harm'
President Donald Trump's campaign lawyer has been placed under official protection following threats, according to court papers filed Wednesday.
The filing says that Philadelphia lawyer Linda Kerns was "the subject of threats of harm, to the point at which the involvement of police and US Marshals has been necessary to provide for her safety."
The news comes after Kerns sought sanctions against a lawyer from the firm representing Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar for leaving her an “abusive voicemail” on Saturday night.
Kerns said she received the one-minute-long voicemail Saturday morning from an associate — a very junior attorney — based in Kirkland’s Washington, D.C. office.
Kerns did not identify the Kirkland attorney by name or provide other details about the message, but said the communication “by any measure falls afoul of standards of professional conduct.”
Kerns’ filing said a Kirkland attorney working on the Pennsylvania suit told her that the lawyer who made the call was not involved in the case.
Kerns said the attorney she contacted admitted the call was “discourteous” and apologized for wasting her time.
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In a response filed with the court Monday morning, Daniel Donovan, Kirkland's lead attorney on the Pennsylvania-focused election suit, confirmed that he viewed the call as “discourteous and not appropriate.”
However, he said he disagreed with Kerns’ characterization of it.
“That associate was acting unilaterally, in his personal capacity, without the knowledge or authorization of undersigned counsel or the Firm,” Donovan wrote.
“The associate provided a personal email and had a baby babbling in the background during the voicemail…."
"The Firm expects that every lawyer will conduct themselves with the highest standards of professional conduct, including being respectful of and courteous to other members of the bar.”
The move comes after Williamsport, Penn., federal Judge Matthew Brann allowed the firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur to withdraw from the case after it came under attack by the anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project.
Brann also allowed two Texas lawyers to withdraw on Monday, just hours after they officially joined the case.