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RNC Files State Bar Grievance Against Elizabeth Warren Over Native-American Claim

By Connor D. Wolf | February 6, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is facing more trouble on Wednesday over her ancestral claims: A grievance compliant has just been filed against her with the Texas State Bar.

President Donald Trump and others have criticized the progressive senator for claiming she has Native-American roots.

Her attempts to quell the criticism amid a potential presidential run in 2020 largely have been met with more backlash.

She is now facing upheaval over revelations she claimed to be “American Indian,” as she wrote in her own handwriting, on her Texas State Bar registration form in 1986.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) in response to the news filed the grievance against her with the Texas State Bar.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel in the letter requested disciplinary action be taken against the Massachusetts senator for lying and failing to correct a misrepresentation she made on her registration.

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“Attorney Warren should be disciplined for lying and failing to correct a misrepresentation she made on her Texas Bar registration card,” stated the letter, which was shared with LifeZette.

“Attorney Warren registered for the Texas bar and made a misrepresentation that she was ‘American Indian’ on a section titled ‘Race.'”

The Washington Post first reported on the registration form, which the article found to be in her handwriting as well.

Her office did not dispute the authenticity of the bar card when The Post questioned it.  She told the paper she can’t go back and was sorry for furthering confusion about tribal sovereignty and the harm that it has caused.

Warren attempted to address the controversy last year by taking a DNA test.

But that test ended up revealing she was no more native than the average white American — at a one to 1,024 match.

She apologized last week to the Cherokee Nation for taking the DNA test, and later she more broadly apologized for identifying as Native-American for nearly two decades.

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The RNC letter also pointed out that under the state bar rules, an applicant for admission cannot knowingly make a false statement of material fact or fail to correct a misapprehension known by the person to have arisen in the matter.

The letter further asserts her actions violated the good moral character and fitness requirements within the rules.

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This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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