Rudy Giuliani is suspended from practicing law in Washington DC after New York court strips him of his license for ‘making demonstrably false’ statements about the election
An appeals court has suspended Rudy Giuliani from practicing law in Washington D.C. after he temporarily lost his license in New York for making ‘demonstrably false’ statements in court regarding the 2020 election.
The Washington court suspended Giuliani from working as an attorney in the city ‘pending outcome’ of his New York case, according to disciplinary court records obtained by CNN.
Giuliani had his law license suspended last month for making ‘demonstrably false and misleading statements’ while pushing Donald Trump’s election fraud claims and ‘threatening public interest’.
An appeals court has suspended Rudy Giuliani from practicing law in Washington D.C. after he temporarily lost his license in New York
‘[W]e conclude that there is uncontroverted evidence that respondent communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign in connection with Trump’s failed effort at reelection in 2020,’ the 33-page decision from a New York appellate court read.
It claimed that the former New York mayor threatened ‘public interest’ in his capacity as Trump’s personal attorney and insisted his actions ‘warrant interim suspension from the practice of law.’
Giuliani was one of the figures in Trump’s inner circle who led the former president’s legal challenge to the 2020 presidential election results.
The court said Giuliani made numerous false statements about the voting in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania, including that hundreds of thousands of absentee ballots or votes, including from dead people, had been improperly counted.
He argued the vote was riddled with fraud and claimed voting machines had been rigged in favor of Joe Biden.
‘We find that there is evidence of continuing misconduct, the underlying offense is incredibly serious, and the uncontroverted misconduct in itself will likely result in substantial permanent sanctions’, the court said.
Giuliani was admitted to the state bar in New York in 1969 and had a prominent legal career before joining Trump’s team – including working in the Justice Department under Ronald Reagan.
He was named U.S. Attorney in Manhattan in 1983 where he remained through 1989 before running and becoming Mayor of New York City.
The New York State Bar Association announced January 11, 2021 that it was launching an investigation into whether Giuliani’s membership should be revoked, noting his comments on January 6 to a crowd of Trump supporters before they stormed the Capitol.
Although removal from the Bar Association membership does not disbar Giuliani, the ruling in New York does stop him from practicing law in the Empire State.