Lawmakers found evidence to suspend former Trump lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s law license because he communicated demonstrably misleading and false statements to the courts about the election.
“These false statements were made to improperly bolster respondent’s narrative that due to widespread voter fraud, victory in the 2020 United States presidential election was stolen from his client,” the unsigned 33-page opinion states, referring to former President Donald Trump.
Lawyers representing Giuliani’, John M. Leventhal and Barry Kamins from the firm Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, said they are disappointed with the suspension “prior to being afforded a hearing on the issues that are alleged.” “This is unprecedented as we believe that our client does not pose a present danger to the public interest,” the pair of retired judges wrote in a joint statement Thursday. “We believe that once the issues are fully explored at a hearing Mr. Giuliani will be reinstated as a valued member of the legal profession that he has served so well in his many capacities for so many years.”
Giuliani was suspended after making false statements regarding mail-in voting in the battleground state of Pennsylvania during the 2020 election . the five-judge panel of the Appellate Division’s First Judicial Department found. Giuliani made false statements as a guest on two radio shows ,“Uncovering the Truth with Rudy Giuliani & Dr. Maria Ryan” and “Chat with the Mayor” and the podcast “Steve Bannon’s the War Room: Pandemic,”
“Over the next 10 days we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent, and if we’re wrong, we will be made fools of,” Giuliani said on Jan. 6. “But if we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail.” Giuliani, served as the top federal prosecutor in the district from June 3, 1983, until January 1, 1989.
In April of 2020, Southern District prosecutors raided Giuliani’s Manhattan home and offices and seized electronic devices. The investigation led to seeking access to and electronic communications and phone records in coordination with Justice Department officials in Washington.
Earlier in January the New York State Bar Association had began an inquiry to determine whether the former Mayor could keep his membership after he filed various lawsuits after the presidential elections seeking to overturn the election and his continued rhetoric that is said to be a cause of the January 6 insurrection.
The court said that Mr. Giuliani’s actions were an “immediate threat” to the people and had “directly inflamed” the protesters who subsequently stormed the Capitol on January 6. The court also said that the seriousness of his “uncontroverted misconduct” could not be overstated.
The decision also mentioned that the country was being torn apart by continuing attacks on the legitimacy of the 2020 elections and of “our current president Joseph Biden.”
The former mayor of New York City faces disciplinary action and can appeal against the suspension. However, the court’s decision also mentioned a possibility of “permanent sanctions” which could take months. The final outcome could also be disbarment.
Giuliani, who has been Trump’s lawyer from years, also has a license to practice in Washington D.C. Although he cannot be automatically suspended elsewhere, disciplinary proceedings in D.C. leading to suspension could also take place.
Rudy Giuliani was the mayor of New York during 9/11. He led the city through the tough ordeal. Subsequently, as the years have passed he has lost his cult status and is now being investigated by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. He was known for his hard hitting prosecution style as he battled with organized crime and corrupt politicians. Now, he is being investigated for his dealings in Ukraine, just before the 2020 elections.
The court’s decision on Thursday was not focused on his dealings in Ukraine but focused on his inflammatory conduct which was to mislead the public with false information about the elections. This is the reason for the suspension of his law license thus preventing him from practicing in New York.