Controversial Trump ally Jim Troupis faces backlash for election meddling

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United States: Liberals are demanding former President Donald Trump’s Wisconsin lawyer resign from a state court ethics panel, claiming he is unfit due to his role in advising the phony Republican electors who admitted to participating in overturning the 2020 election.

A Judicial Controversy Unfolds

Former judge Jim Troupis was strongly involved in Trump’s efforts to invalidate Wisconsin’s 2020 election results. He is still named as a defendant in a case brought against him, Trump’s lawyer Ken Chesebro, and the ten phony Republican electors, according to Associated Press.

Troupis and Chesebro remained defendants, but the electors agreed to a settlement in the case.

Since 2020, Troupis has served on the Judicial Conduct Advisory Committee. The committee is tasked with providing judges and judicial officers with written opinions and informal guidance on the code of judicial behavior. The advice included determining whether potential acts would be by the state’s judicial code of conduct.

According to its website, the committee rarely publishes official written opinions and has not released one since 2019.

Troupis’ appointment to the panel advising judges on potential ethical infractions is inappropriate, according to Mike Browne, deputy director of the leftist advocacy organization One Wisconsin Now.

Liberals Demand Accountability

“He never should have been reappointed after his role in the MAGA conspiracy to undermine our freedom was public,” Browne said in a statement, referring to the Trump campaign slogan “Make America great again,” according to AP.

“And he certainly shouldn’t continue to serve in any position of public trust now. If he doesn’t have the decency to step down on his own, the right-wing justices who wrongly supported his re-appointment should step in and remove him,” Browne said.

Troupis was reappointed to the judicial ethics commission in March by four conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justices, three of whom are still on the bench. 

Troupis and the judges who appointed him, Chief Justice Annette Ziegler, Rebecca Bradley, and Brian Hagedorn, didn’t respond to emails requesting comment.

The judicial advisory committee’s chair, Winnebago County Circuit Judge Bryan Keberlein, was  also unavailable for comment.

 In 2020, President Joe Biden won Wisconsin. Trump’s team attempted to reverse the results by claiming in lawsuits filed by Troupis that tens of thousands of adequately cast absentee ballots shouldn’t have been counted. The Wisconsin Supreme Court dismissed Trump’s complaint 4-3, affirming Biden’s victory.

Troupis was also involved in the Wisconsin false elector fraud and the case.

Fake electors in Wisconsin and six other battleground states falsely declared Trump the winner of the 2020 presidential election, even though certified results showed he had lost.

Chesebro wrote in a December 13, 2020, email that the strategy “was not to use the fraudulent electors only in the circumstance that the Defendant’s litigation was successful in one of the targeted states.” Instead, he wrote, “The plan was to falsely present the fraudulent slates as an alternative to the legitimate slates at Congress’s certification proceeding.”

Chesebro’s memo to Troupis is described in Trump’s Georgia indictment as an “overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.”

After Wisconsin’s fake electors met on December 14, 2020, Troupis phoned US Sen. Ron Johnson’s office. They requested that Johnson transfer the paperwork from Wisconsin and Michigan’s fake electors to Vice President Mike Pence. A Pence staff member rebuffed them.

Nevada became the third state to charge electors on December 6, following Michigan and Georgia. Wisconsin Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul has frequently failed to disclose if a criminal investigation into the state’s phony electors, Troupis and Chesebro, is proceeding.

The ten false electors stated in the recent legal settlement that Biden had won the election and that their activities were part of an unlawful attempt to reverse the 2020 results. The false electors agreed to pay no damages or attorneys’ costs, nor did they admit guilt or blame.