New York Bar Association launches inquiry into removal of Rudy Giuliani

The New York Bar Association is investigating whether it should revoke Rudy Giuliani’s membership.

On Monday morning, the association announced the review of Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and personal lawyer for President Trump, who has represented him in legal challenges to the election in which the president lost. It also condemned Giuliani for his role in instigating the riot that descended upon Capitol Hill last Wednesday as Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

“The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) strongly condemned the violent uprising that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, orchestrated by individuals bent on subverting the will of the voters by disrupting the certification of the 2020 presidential election results,” it wrote. “But the president did not act alone. Hours before the angry mob stormed the Capitol walls, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, addressed a crowd of thousands at the White House, reiterating baseless claims of widespread election fraud in the presidential election and the Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs.”

The association quoted Giuliani’s own words from the Save America rally, where he and Trump both spoke and encouraged the president’s supporters to pressure lawmakers to overturn the election. The pandemonium at the Capitol led to five deaths, a lockdown of the Capitol, and dozens of arrests, but it only temporarily halted Congress before it certified the Electoral College votes for Biden.

“If we’re wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail,” Giuliani said to the thousands of supporters who traveled from across the country. “Let’s have trial by combat.”

The Bar Association said it has received “hundreds” of complaints about Giuliani in “recent months.”

NYSBA’s bylaws state that “no person who advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States, or of any state, territory or possession thereof, or of any political subdivision therein, by force or other illegal means, shall be a member of the Association.”

The former mayor will have the opportunity for due process and can present a defense should he choose.

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