Trump lawyer Giuliani law licence suspended for claim 2020 election was fraudulent, court says
CA, 25 Jun 2021
Rudy Giuliani's New York law license was suspended on Thursday, after a state appeals court found he had lied in arguing that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from his client, former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Giuliani, 77, a former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan and New York City mayor, was punished for making "demonstrably false and misleading" statements that widespread voter fraud undermined the election, which Democrat Joe Biden won.
Citing the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, the Appellate Division said Giuliani's eagerness to trumpet false claims "immediately threatens the public interest" and could erode public confidence in the election process, a hallmark of American democracy, as well as the legal profession.
"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 court said.
In a statement, Trump expressed disbelief that Giuliani could lose his law license for "fighting what has already been proven to be a fraudulent election."
The appeals court said Giuliani's temporary suspension could become permanent after a hearing by the attorney grievance committee that recommended it.
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