On Thursday, Rudy Giuliani’s law license, which he received in 1969, was suspended in the State of New York. A state appeals court claimed that Giuliani had lied by arguing that the 2020 elections had been stolen from Trump, the former U.S. President and Giuliani client.
Giuliani, who previously served as New York City Mayor and a former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, faced sanctions for making various unsubstantiated allegations regarding electoral fraud before legislators, in court, and at press conferences and other media appearances.
Consequently, the Appellate Division in Manhattan, which consists of five justices, announced the findings of “uncontroverted” evidence that Giuliani presumably made “misleading” and “false” statements to the public, legislators, and courts in an effort to overturn the election when Biden won.
According to the court, these statements “improperly [bolstered]” the narrative that Giuliani had promoted about “widespread voter fraud,” which resulted in the 2020 presidential election being stolen from his client, Trump. The court also argued that Giuliani’s conduct “immediately threatens the public interest,” which is why the court claimed his “interim suspension from the practice of law” is warranted.
At the time of this writing, Giuliani has not yet commented. However, two attorneys who represent Giuliani, Barry Kamins and John Leventhal, indicated strong disappointment with the decision of the court.
The attorneys assert that Giuliani poses no “present danger to the public interest,” and they also believe that a full exploration of all the issues at Giuliani’s hearing will result in his reinstatement as “a valued member of the legal profession,” in which he has served exceedingly favorably “in his many capacities” over the course of multiple years.
On its part, the court alleges that Giuliani made a number of false statements regarding voting procedures in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Georgia, including statements that alleged hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots and votes had been counted improperly.
The court cited a November 17 court hearing in Pennsylvania, where Giuliani made statements regarding massive voter fraud, although his formal written complaints do not mention this fraud.
Giuliani argued that the investigation into his conduct violated his constitutionally protected free speech, though the court dismissed this argument. Moreover, the court also hinted that it may permanently suspend Giuliani’s license, alleging that “evidence of continuing misconduct” exists, and “the uncontroverted misconduct itself will likely result in substantial permanent sanctions.”
This suspension will take effect immediately.
The court’s decision augments the recent legal woes Giuliani has endured, given that federal prosecutors in Manhattan are also scrutinizing Giuliani’s activities in Ukraine, namely whether or not he violated lobbying laws through working as an unauthorized foreign agent as Trump’s attorney.
Giuliani, who earned widespread praise for his response to the 9/11 attacks, started representing Trump in April 2018, which was at the same time that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was probing potential Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.