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New York court suspends Giuliani’s law license

A closeup of Rudy Giuliani speaking into a mic during a campaign event in 2021.
Rudolph W. Giuliani speaks at a colleague’s campaign event June 21. Giuliani’s law license was suspended Thursday.
(Mary Altaffer / Associated Press)

An appeals court suspended Rudolph W. Giuliani from practicing law in New York, saying he made false statements while trying to get courts to overturn Donald Trump’s loss in the presidential race.

An attorney disciplinary committee said in its motion to suspend Giuliani’s license that there was “uncontroverted evidence” that Giuliani had made false statements to the courts, the public and lawmakers as he pushed theories that the election was stolen through fraud.

“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 committee wrote. “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.”

The ruling, signed Thursday, will prevent Giuliani from representing clients as a lawyer.

Andrew Giuliani is announcing that he is seeking the Republican nomination for governor of New York.

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A message seeking comment about the ruling was sent Thursday to Giuliani and his lawyer.

Giuliani was the primary mouthpiece for Trump’s baseless claims after the 2020 election, standing at a press conference in front of Four Seasons Total Landscaping outside Philadelphia on the day the race was called for Biden and saying they would challenge what he claimed was a vast conspiracy by Democrats.

The baseless claims around the 2020 election may have helped push an angry mob of pro-Trump rioters to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to stop the certification of President Biden’s victory.


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