Rudy Giuliani is suspended from advocacy for false claims about Trump and US elections

Rudy Giuliani United States

The Manhattan Appellate Division found evidence that Giuliani made demonstrably false and misleading statements before the courts, lawmakers and the public while trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

“We conclude that the defendant’s conduct immediately threatens the public interest and justifies the provisional suspension of the practice of law,” he added.

Giuliani could not immediately be reached for comment.

The court said Giuliani made numerous false statements about voting in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania, including that hundreds of thousands of absentee or deceased votes had been improperly counted.

He highlighted a November 17 Pennsylvania court hearing in which Giuliani alleged widespread voter fraud, despite the fact that his formal written complaint on Trump’s behalf did not mention it.

The court also rejected Giuliani’s argument that the investigation into his conduct violated his constitutional right to freedom of expression and suggested that the suspension could be permanent.

Giuliani’s suspension takes effect immediately, pending further proceedings before a lawyer complaints committee that had recommended it.

The suspension adds to Giuliani’s legal problems. Manhattan federal prosecutors have been examining his business in Ukraine, including whether he violated lobbying laws by acting as an unregistered foreign agent while working as a lawyer for Trump.

Giuliani began representing Trump in April 2018, when special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.