Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and lawyer for Donald Trump, has been recommended for disbarment by the Washington DC bar ethics panel. The panel, known as the DC Board on Professional Responsibility, criticized Giuliani’s actions in attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.
The panel’s report, released on Friday, stated that Giuliani violated Pennsylvania’s Rules of Professional Conduct when he filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate millions of votes in the state. The report also acknowledged Giuliani’s previous accomplishments, such as his response to the September 11 attacks and his tenure as Mayor of New York City. However, it concluded that his misconduct in this particular case outweighed his past achievements.
According to the panel, Giuliani’s actions were “unparalleled in its destructive purpose and effect.” They accused him of attempting to disrupt a presidential election and refusing to acknowledge the harm he has caused. As a result, the panel unanimously recommended that Giuliani be disbarred.
Insider reached out to Giuliani’s attorney and spokesperson for comment on the panel’s recommendation but has not yet received a response.
The recommendation for disbarment comes amidst ongoing scrutiny of Giuliani’s role in challenging the 2020 election results on behalf of former President Trump. Giuliani played a prominent role in arguing that widespread voter fraud had occurred, despite no evidence to support this claim. His efforts included high-profile press conferences and legal challenges in multiple states.
Giuliani’s legal troubles extend beyond the DC bar panel’s recommendation. In June 2021, his law license was suspended in the state of New York. The suspension was based on similar allegations of making false statements about the 2020 election. The New York Supreme Court described Giuliani’s conduct as “immediate, severe, and obvious” and deemed it to pose “an immediate threat” to the public.
The disbarment recommendation by the DC panel is seen as further evidence of the serious consequences Giuliani may face for his actions. Disbarment would prevent him from practicing law and could have a lasting impact on his professional reputation.
Giuliani’s legal troubles have also had political implications. Once regarded as a highly respected figure in legal and political circles, his recent actions have led to widespread criticism and tarnished his reputation. The recommendations for disbarment signal a significant fall from grace for Giuliani, who was previously known for his leadership and legal acumen.
It is important to note that this is a developing story, and further updates may emerge in the coming days.