Citing his role in “a violent insurgency attack on the United States Capitol,” the chairman of the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee formally called on the state’s judicial system on Monday to begin the impeachment process from President Trump’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani for his law degree.
Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat from Manhattan, said Mr. Giuliani appeared to have committed several ethical violations in his efforts to support Mr. Trump’s baseless fraud allegations in the presidential election.
Those efforts culminated on Wednesday when Mr. Giuliani addressed a crowd of Mr. Trump’s supporters, repeating the president’s unproven allegations of electoral fraud and appearing to push people into violence. After hearing Mr. Giuliani and the president speak, members of the crowd marched towards the Capitol and an angry mob ransacked the building.
“If we are wrong we will be ridiculed, but if we are right many of them will go to jail,” Giuliani said. “Let’s do a trial by fight.”
Mr Hoylman, in a letter to the Grievance Board of the First Department’s Appeal Division, said the attack on the Capitol was “the predictable culmination of increasingly outrageous lies and disinformation peddled by Mr. . Giuliani ”and others.
“The codes of ethics that we, lawyers, swear to respect, aim to protect both the public and the reputation of the profession itself,” he wrote. “Failure to hold any member of our ranks responsible for seditious acts and exhortations to violence is a failure to provide that guarantee.”
The call to expunge Mr. Giuliani came just hours after the New York State Bar Association announced that it had launched a “historic” investigation into Mr. Giuliani, which could lead to upon withdrawal from the group.
In a prepared statement released on Monday, Scott M. Karson, president of the association, said his decision to open the investigation was prompted by hundreds of complaints the group had received about Mr. Giuliani’s central role. in Mr. Trump’s attempts to reverse the results. of the election.
The bar does not have the power to deprive Mr. Giuliani of his license in law. But if the highly unusual investigation by his peers led to his removal from the group, it would be a dark stain on a career that spanned more than 40 years in law. A spokeswoman for the group said it had not kicked out someone who hadn’t already been deregistered since 1904.
The association’s statutes prohibit members, among others, from advocating “the overthrow of the government,” and in his statement, Mr. Karson said Mr. Giuliani’s remarks in Washington last week were “clearly intended to encourage Trump supporters unhappy with the election result. Take the things over control. “
“The ensuing attack on Capitol Hill was nothing less than an attempted coup,” Karson wrote, “aimed at preventing a peaceful transition of power.”
Mr Giuliani, who did not respond to requests for comment, filed the complaints against him on his radio show this afternoon.
“I’ve been a prosecutor my whole life – I’m not stupid,” he said. “I don’t want to be in trouble. And I have a high sense of ethics, personally. I hate when people attack my integrity.
The inquest was just the latest example of efforts to push back lawyers who backed Mr. Trump’s desire to stay in power. Last week, for example, Dominion Voting Systems sued the president’s former lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation, claiming she had embarked on “a viral disinformation campaign” about the role of his machines in the elections. .