CNN has contacted the DC Bar to confirm it has received the letter.
“If a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia can – while speaking as an agent – publicly demand the death of his client’s alleged adversaries without consequences, counsel has abjectly failed in its duty. must apply its standards in the same way and immediately open an investigation into Mr. diGenova, ”Rice and Lieu wrote in the letter.
DiGenova on Tuesday attempted to reverse her comments by portraying them as a joke, saying in a statement circulated by the Trump campaign: “To anyone listening to the Howie Carr Show, it was obvious my remarks were sarcastic and joking., Of course, wish Mr Krebs no harm. That was hyperbole in political speech. “
In their letter, Rice and Lieu said that diGenova’s conduct violated at least three of the DC Bar’s rules of professional conduct and echoed “violent rhetoric” previously uttered by Trump.
DiGenova’s remarks, while far more extreme than others made by White House officials during Trump’s tenure, underscored the administration’s crusade against whistleblowers and others who spoke out in opposition during the president’s term and refuse to adopt his conspiratorial view on the election.
“The 2020 election was the safest in US history. This success must be celebrated by all Americans, not undermined in the service of a deeply anti-American goal,” he wrote .
DiGenova’s remarks were quickly condemned Monday by the Government Accountability Project, a group of whistleblowers that warned that such threats could have a chilling effect on officials seeking to expose wrongdoing.
The comments also did not please a senior security official.
During a virtual panel discussion for the Aspen Cyber Summit on the China Initiative, William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said diGenova’s comments were grossly “inappropriate”, “embarrassing” and “disappointing”.
CNN’s Jim Acosta, Zachary Cohen, Devan Cole, Kaitlan Collins and Jake Tapper contributed to this report.