A disciplinary committee in Washington, DC on Friday recommended that Rudy Giuliani be barred from his law license over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
“We believe that a sanction needs to be strengthened to ensure it adequately deters both [Giuliani] and discourage other attorneys from doing similar things in the future.” the committee wrote in its recommendation to the DC Bar.
The panel of DC attorneys deliberated for months after a series of hearings lasting weeks on Giuliani’s efforts to help then-President Donald Trump overthrow the 2020 presidential election.
The committee specifically cited Giuliani’s legal efforts to allege voter fraud in Pennsylvania, where Joe Biden won by more than 80,000 votes.
According to the report, Giuliani first began working on a lawsuit over fraud allegations after receiving a complaint that there were “observation limits” during postal ballot solicitations in Philadelphia. These borders were put in place to protect workers from COVID-19, which was ravaging the state and country at the time.
Giuliani “ultimately sought to undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election,” the committee said in its report. “He claimed massive voter fraud but had no evidence to support it. By prosecuting this destructive case, Mr. Giuliani, a chartered officer of the court, forfeited his right to practice law. His license should be revoked.”
Previously the state of New York Giuliani’s law license was suspended in 2021 for his “provenly false and misleading statements” about the 2020 election.
And in June, the Justice Department interviewed Giuliani as part of a special investigative investigation into his and others’ efforts to overturn the election.
“The performance was entirely voluntary and professionally conducted,” said Ted Goodman, Giuliani’s spokesperson. said The Associated Press at that time.
Giuliani said he plans to appeal the committee’s recommendation.
“We are obviously disappointed with the committee’s decision, but look forward to filing an aggressive appeal,” said Barry Kamins, one of Giuliani’s attorneys. Politico said in a statement.