Rice and Lieu — who are both licensed attorneys and former prosecutors — did not explicitly call for diGenova’s disbarment in Wednesday’s letter. Instead, they demanded that the counsel’s office launch an “immediate” investigation into his “egregious” conduct.

However, the disciplinary office’s most severe penalty is disbarment, and the Democrats hinted that they consider that punishment justified, saying diGenova’s threat against Krebs violated a slate of judicial codes of conduct and puts his “fitness as a lawyer” in serious doubt.

“If a lawyer licensed in the District of Columbia can — while speaking in a representative capacity — publicly call for the death of his client’s perceived adversaries without consequences, the counsel has abjectly failed in its duty,” the lawmakers wrote.