Former President Donald Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has been suspended from practicing law in Washington, D.C.
The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that the disgraced lawyer would be “suspended from the practice of law in the District of Columbia” until the “outcome of a full formal disciplinary hearing” in New York is determined.
Giuliani’s New York law license was suspended a day before his 52nd anniversary as a licensed lawyer in the state. In June, a group of five judges from the Appellate Division of the First Judicial Department of New York State Supreme Court wrote a 33-page suspension order.
“The seriousness of respondent’s uncontroverted misconduct cannot be overstated,” the judges wrote in the decision. “This country is being torn apart by continued attacks on the legitimacy of the 2020 election and of our current President, Joseph R. Biden. The hallmark of our democracy is predicated on free and fair elections. False statements intended to foment a loss of confidence in our elections and resulting loss of confidence in government generally damage the proper functioning of a free society.”
After President Trump lost the 2020 Presidential election, the former President and his attorney began making baseless claims that the election was stolen from Trump and that Dominion Voting Systems rigged the voting machines to favor President Joe Biden. The states that President Trump and Giuliani attacked were the states that President Biden won.
According to FactCheck.org, the former New York City Mayor also made claims about fraud on his radio show, “Chat With The Mayor.” During a segment, Giuliani shared with his listeners that thousands of underage voters cast votes in Georgia. The Georgia Office of the Secretary of State investigated the allegations and found that his claims were not valid.
Giuliani has also claimed that suitcases full of illegal ballots were found in Georgia, that either 8,021 or 30,000 dead people cast votes in the election —including legendary boxer Joe Frazier, and illegal aliens voted in Arizona.
The 77-year-old argued that his constitutional rights had been violated.
“If you want to say I said something irresponsible, you have to give me a chance to defend myself… courts can’t decide based on newspapers,” Giuliani said. “I feel personally worried for the country… only Trump lawyers get investigated.”
The judges rejected his claims and noted that he violated the Rules of Professional Conduct.
“We 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 court order declared.
“We conclude that the respondent’s conduct immediately threatens the public interest and warrants interim suspension from the practice of law, pending further proceedings before the Attorney Grievance Committee.”
Giuliani is being investigated by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, a position he once held, for his activities in Ukraine.
In April, Federal agents raided Giuliani’s New York City homes, apartments, and offices.
Giuliani was a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York from 1983 to 1989. He was elected the Mayor of New York in 1993 and ran for President in 2008.