Donald Trump’s former primary lawyer during the failed efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election must now answer to professional ethics charges.
In the latest black mark to his career after law license suspensions in New York and the District of Columbia, Rudy Giuliani has been charged by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the disciplinary branch of the District of Columbia Bar. The filing alleges that the former New York Mayor and once-revered federal prosecutor promoted unsubstantiated voter fraud claims in Pennsylvania. The action was filed on June 6th and became public Friday.
At the center of the charges are the claims Giuliani made in supporting a Trump campaign lawsuit seeking to overturn the election results in Pennsylvania. That suit, which sought to invalidate as many as 1.5 million mail-in ballots, was dismissed by the courts, as were all subsequent challenges in battleground states around the country.
Rudy’s going to shit his face again. https://t.co/ivsVKGUQYJ
— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) June 11, 2022
The counsel’s office said Giuliani’s conduct violated Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct “in that he brought a proceeding and asserted issues therein without a non-frivolous basis in law and fact for doing so” and “that he engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.”
The news from the ODC follows the first public hearing by the January 6th House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot, whom Giuliani met with for hours last month, but remained tight-lipped about what he knew.
Rudy Giuliani spouted lies about the election without evidence. Under oath he admitted “It’s not my job in a fast-moving case to go out & investigate every piece of evidence that’s given to me”
He incited Jan. 6th to violence “Let’s have trial by comat”pic.twitter.com/Y0gza9iXX8
— Respectful Dialogue (@timeindawater1) June 5, 2022
Last June, an appeals court suspended him from practicing law in New York because he made false statements while trying to get courts to overturn Trump’s loss. An attorney disciplinary committee had asked the court to suspend his license on the grounds that he had violated professional conduct rules as he promoted theories that the election was stolen through fraud. The D.C. Bar temporarily suspended him last July although the practical implication of that action is questionable, given that Giuliani’s law license in Washington has been inactive since 2002.
Rep. Liz Cheney: “The president’s claims in the election cases were so frivolous and unsupported that the president’s lead lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, not only lost the lawsuits, his license to practice law was suspended.” https://t.co/vF3k05MKm3 pic.twitter.com/geHnyizGoj
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 10, 2022