The president of the New York State Bar Association, T. Andrew Brown, released a statement on June 24, announcing that Rudy Giuliani had been suspended from practicing law and had thus been removed from the association effective immediately.
Brown did not give a reason for why Giuliani was being suspended but did say that the association prioritizes integrity and he commended the attorney disciplinary committee for their work in “safeguarding the public.” In addition, he acknowledged Giuliani’s right to defense. The New York Supreme Court released a 33-page document outlining why Giuliani was being removed from the bar association. In it, they explained how Giuliani was guilty of spreading, “demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public” in his role as Trump’s attorney (New York Courts).
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Giuliani represented former President Donald Trump following the 2020 election with the goal of overturning the election results and exposing the alleged fraud they claimed had occurred during the election. He served as Trump’s informal cybersecurity adviser at the start of Trump’s presidential term and transitioned to become Trump’s personal lawyer starting in 2018 and ending in early 2021. Following the election, Giuliani claimed that there had been less absentee ballots sent out than were counted post-election, which the New York Supreme court deemed untrue. He made these claims publicly and since he didn’t deny them, he has allegedly violated NYSBA rules.
Giuliani joined the New York State Bar Association on June 25, 1969 and has been authorized to practice in the state of New York ever since. It is still uncertain whether the suspension will be lifted or if it will become permanent. The decision will be made once he undergoes a hearing and disciplinary process. Despite rumors in January that Trump was refusing to pay Giuliani for legal fees, Trump has released a statement in the last few days coming to the defense of Giuliani and calling him, “a great American Patriot.”