Rudy Giuliani’s New York Law License Suspended Over ‘False’ Statements About 2020 Election

Per the panel's decision, the former NYC mayor communicated "false and misleading" statements about the 2020 presidential to the public and lawmakers.

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Rudy Giuliani’s law license in New York was suspended by an appellate court on Thursday due to comments he made regarding the 2020 presidential election, which Donald Trump lost to former VP Joe Biden.

The court, as noted in a report from the New York Times’ Nicole Hong and Ben Protess, said in their decision that Giuliani made “demonstrably false and misleading” statements about the election while operating as Trump’s personal lawyer. Furthermore, the court said in its decision that there is “uncontroverted evidence” that the former NYC mayor (and reluctant Borat 2 star) had communicated these false statements to the general public, lawmakers, and others.

“These false statements were made to improperly bolster respondent’s narrative that due to widespread voter fraud, victory in the 2020 United States presidential election was stolen from his client,” the court said. “We conclude that 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 (sometimes AGC or Committee).”

To read the court’s full decision, click here

At the time of this writing, Giuliani had not publicly commented on the suspension. In an early Thursday morning tweet, however, he again spoke on the fatal Capitol riot:

On Jan. 6, 2021, I believe only one shot was fired, or was it multiple shots from one source? The person shot, Ashli Babbitt, was unarmed and being lifted up by two unidentified men. Why are those critical identities being covered up?

— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) June 24, 2021

In April, federal investigators executed a search warrant at Giuliani’s Manhattan residence. At the time, it was reported that investigators had seized electronic devices during searches that also included an office on Park Avenue.

Giuliani—as well as Trump, Proud Boys, and Oath Keepers—was sued back in February by the NAACP and the Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll firm on behalf of Congressman Bennie Thompson. The suit accuses the parties of inciting the fatal Capitol riot, which Thompson called “one of the most shameful days in our country’s history.”

Meanwhile, Rudy’s son Andrew Giuliani announced last month that he is running for governor of New York.

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