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Attorney Disciplinary Committee Urges Disbarment of Rudy Giuliani Over 2020 Election Legal Representation

Dayana Sabatin

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An attorney disciplinary committee has advised the disbarment of Rudy Giuliani in Washington, DC, due to his involvement in attempting to overturn the 2020 election results on behalf of then-President Donald Trump.

The committee, responsible for addressing legal ethics and attorney misconduct in the District of Columbia, released its report and recommendation on Friday after conducting a lawyer misconduct hearing resembling a trial in December.

According to the committee, Giuliani's claims of massive election fraud lacked evidence. They stated, "By pursuing this destructive case, Mr. Giuliani, as a sworn officer of the Court, has forfeited his right to practice law. He should be disbarred."

It's important to note that the recommendation from the panel is not final. The case against Giuliani will still need to be reviewed by DC's Board on Professional Responsibility and the DC Court of Appeals.

The committee specifically criticized Giuliani for his dishonesty following the 2020 election and what they described as "calculated" efforts to undermine trust in the election process. They highlighted his false claim in a Pennsylvania federal court regarding election fraud that could potentially overturn Joe Biden's victory in the state.

In its report, the committee noted, "Mr. Giuliani has not shown any acknowledgement or acceptance of responsibility for his misconduct. Instead, he expressed his indignation over being subjected to the disciplinary process. We believe that a severe sanction is necessary to deter not only Respondent (Giuliani) but also other attorneys from engaging in similar actions in the future."

The committee, consisting of two attorneys and a public member, unanimously recommended Giuliani's disbarment.

Ted Goodman, a political adviser to Giuliani, criticized the report as a "great injustice" and claimed that the decision-makers at the DC Bar Association were merely part of the established Washington regime.

Giuliani's legal team argued before the committee that he had reasonable grounds to believe the claims made in litigation and that he relied on information provided by others working with the Trump campaign regarding the fraud allegations.

In addition to the ongoing proceedings in Washington, Giuliani is also facing an attorney ethics review in New York. His law license is currently under temporary suspension, marking a significant downfall for the once highly respected figure in American politics and the legal profession.

The committee acknowledged Giuliani's past accomplishments, such as his service as the former top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, his tenure in the Justice Department, and his role as Mayor of New York City following the September 11 attacks. However, they emphasized that the misconduct at hand outweighs these achievements.

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