Rudy Giuliani’s license to practice law in the state of New York was suspended Thursday by an appellate court after a disciplinary panel found that he made “demonstrably false and misleading” statements about the 2020 election as Donald Trump’s personal attorney.
In a 33-page decision, the court wrote that Giuliani’s conduct threatened “the public interest and warrants interim suspension from the practice of law.” Ever since last November’s election Giuliani has been one of the loudest proponents of the twice-impeached, one-term former president’s “big lie” that he, rather than legitimately elected President Joe Biden, received the most popular and Electoral College votes.
“We conclude that there is uncontroverted evidence that respondent (Giuliani) 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 decision read.
The New York court’s move to yank the former New York City mayor’s law license is the latest blow to Trump’s one time right hand guy. In April federal investigators executed search warrants at Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office, seizing more than 20 electronic devices as the Justice Department ramped up its investigation into Trump’s former personal lawyer’s dealings with Ukraine. Prosecutors have been investigating whether Giuliani illegally lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs, who at the time were assisting his efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine on Biden and his son Hunter.