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(Reuters) – Ahead of a key hearing on Monday, Winston & Strawn are embarking on a fight over whether to sanction lawyers who filed a lawsuit to overturn Michigan’s 2020 election defeat by the former US president Donald Trump.
Thomas Buchanan, a former federal prosecutor who co-leads the Winston’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act task force, deposit an appearance by a lawyer Thursday on behalf of Emily Newman, one of the lawyers facing penalties for filing an election lawsuit that a federal judge rejected last year.
Newman served as chief of staff for the U.S. Agency for World Media during the Trump administration. Buchanan, a white-collar defense and commercial lawyer, is a partner at Winston who previously ran the Washington, DC office.
Newman and his co-counsel in the Michigan case were ordered to appear before U.S. District Judge Linda Parker on Monday for a hearing on sanctions motions filed by City of Detroit and Michigan state officials .
Newman, along with attorneys Sidney Powell, L. Lin Wood, and others, alleged that a vast, entangled fraud enabled Democrat Joe Biden to topple Michigan and win the election against Trump. Parker dismissed the allegations in December.
Detroit, Michigan City Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson have called on Parker to sanction Newman, Powell, Wood and the others for making frivolous legal arguments.
Newman’s co-counsel also pleaded ahead of Monday’s hearing. Last week Donald Campbell and Patrick McGlinn, a pair of Southfield, Michigan-based Collins Einhorn Farrell PC grievance and ethics attorneys, filed appearances on behalf of attorneys Powell, Wood, Scott Hagerstrom, Julia Haller, Brandon Johnson, Gregory Rohl and Howard Kleinhendler.
According to news reports, Buchanan and Dan Webb, Winston’s co-executive chairman, turned down an offer to represent Trump in the investigation by Robert Mueller’s special adviser in 2018.
Newman, Buchanan and a representative for Winston did not respond to requests for comment.
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