Giuliani faces DC ethics costs in 2020 election case
By Jacqueline Thomsen
(Reuters) – Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani “weaponized his regulation license” for making baseless claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, a Washington, D.C., disciplinary official argued on Monday.
In testimony earlier than the D.C. Board’s Listening to Committee on Skilled Duty, town’s high disciplinary counsel mentioned Giuliani violated legal professional ethics guidelines in a November 2020 case on behalf of the Trump marketing campaign in Pennsylvania.
The lawsuit, which sought to throw out the vote within the state, was dismissed by a decide. A federal appeals courtroom refused to let the marketing campaign file an amended grievance.
Hamilton “Phil” Fox of the D.C. Workplace of Disciplinary Counsel instructed Monday’s panel that the previous New York Metropolis mayor, as soon as Manhattan’s high U.S. prosecutor, “weaponized his regulation license to deliver a frivolous motion in an try and undermine the Structure.”
Giuliani’s lawyer, John Leventhal, mentioned his shopper shouldn’t face costs as a result of the decide didn’t settle for and by no means thought-about the one model of the grievance within the Pennsylvania case, which was signed by Giuliani himself.
Leventhal additionally faulted the decide’s causes for dismissing the Pennsylvania case, noting that the courtroom didn’t approve of Giuliani’s argument.
Giuliani was the primary witness referred to as on Monday. He described how he started main the Trump marketing campaign’s authorized efforts to problem the 2020 election outcomes, together with his work on the Pennsylvania case.
The hearings committee will suggest whether or not Giuliani must be punished after listening to testimony from either side this week.
Any self-discipline, together with suspension or disbarment of Giuliani’s regulation license, have to be imposed by a DC courtroom.
Giuliani’s New York regulation license was suspended in June 2021 after a state appeals courtroom discovered he made “manifestly false and deceptive” statements that widespread voter fraud had marred the election.
His DC regulation license was briefly suspended following the New York choice.
(Reporting by Jacqueline Thomsen in Washington; Modifying by David Barrio and Invoice Berkrot)
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