by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
A federal court refused to grant a request by Marc Elias, the Democrat operative who helped run the Russia collusion hoax, to rescind their sanctions against him for deceiving judges in his attempts to fight Republicans in Texas who pushed back on bad election practices by banning straight-ticket voting in the 2020 election.
Elias, who worked as Hillary Clinton’s top campaign lawyer in 2016 and served as legal counsel to now-Vice President Kamala Harris when she ran for president in 2020, was first sanctioned by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in March for deceptively refiling a motion to the court after it was previously denied. Two of the three judges on the panel agreed to sanction Elias and his team for the shady attempt to lie to the court. Elias was quickly scolded by the judges for lacking “candor” in a courtroom setting.
“This inexplicable failure to disclose the earlier denial of their motion violated their duty of candor to the court,” the judges ruled at the time. Filing the motion a second time, they said, “multiplied the proceedings unreasonably and vexatiously.”
As part of his punishment, the court demanded Elias pay attorneys’ fees and double costs as well as “complete one hour of Continuing Legal Education in the area of Ethics and Professionalism, specifically candor with the court.”
After legal counsel for Elias demanded that the judges rethink the “unprecedented” penalties and asked for an appeals court hearing to remove the sanctions, the judges unanimously refused.
Elias is infamous for using deception, lies, and money to meddle with U.S. elections and push Democrats to the top. Not only did Elias fund the discredited Steele Dossier designed to hurt Donald Trump in 2016, but he helped coordinate and design the Democrat-financed effort to change hundreds of election laws in the months leading up to the 2020 election.