Rudy Giuliani, a leading attorney who represented Donald Trump in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn the 2020 election results, is now facing charges of breach of professional ethics, the latest blow to his career following the suspension of his licenses in New York and the District of Columbia.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel, the disciplinary arm of the District of Columbia Bar, has filed a lawsuit against the former federal attorney and mayor of New York City alleging he sponsored unsubstantiated voter fraud allegations in Pennsylvania. The lawsuit was filed on June 6 and was published on Friday.
Disputed: Mr Giuliani’s claims of supporting a lawsuit brought by Mr Trump’s campaign to overturn the results of Pennsylvania’s presidential election. That lawsuit, aimed at invalidating up to 1.5 million mail-in ballots, was dismissed by the courts.
The Office of the Board of Directors said Mr. Giuliani’s conduct violated Pennsylvania’s ethics rules
that he filed a lawsuit, arguing for issues that were legally and factually unfounded to and
that he has committed acts that are detrimental to the administration of justice.
The Board requested that the Professional Liability Commission of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals be heard. According to the file, Mr Giuliani has 20 days to respond. It was impossible to speak to a lawyer for Mr Giuliani on Saturday.
The move is the latest against Mr Giuliani for his role in Donald Trump’s debunked claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.
Last June, an appeals court suspended him from practicing law in New York for making false statements when trying to get the courts to overturn the incumbent president’s defeat. A disciplinary committee for lawyers had asked the court to revoke his license for breaking professional rules by promoting theories that the presidential election was won through fraud.
The District of Columbia Bar temporarily suspended him last July, although the practical implications of that lawsuit are disputed, given that Mr. Giuliani’s Washington bar license has been dormant since 2002.
The council’s new move follows the first public hearing of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot. Rudy Giuliani met with the committee for hours last month.