Rudy Giuliani Disbarred by D.C. Court for Election Fraud Claims

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and personal lawyer to Donald Trump, has been disbarred by a Washington, D.C., disciplinary panel. The panel concluded that Giuliani’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election were both “frivolous” and “destructive,” marking a significant downfall for a once-prominent figure in American politics.

The three-member panel, consisting of two attorneys and a public member, unanimously recommended disbarment after a thorough review of Giuliani’s conduct and a series of hearings that included testimony from Giuliani and his associates​​.

The disciplinary committee’s 38-page report was scathing, noting Giuliani’s lack of evidence for his fraud claims and highlighting the reckless nature of his accusations. “He claimed massive election fraud but had no evidence of it,” the panel wrote, emphasizing that Giuliani’s actions severely undermined the integrity of the legal system. The report also criticized Giuliani’s refusal to acknowledge any wrongdoing, further justifying the need for disbarment​.

Giuliani’s legal troubles began in earnest following the 2020 election. In 2021, his law license was suspended in New York for making demonstrably false and misleading statements about the election results. This suspension was a precursor to the D.C. panel’s final recommendation, which is expected to be reviewed by the D.C. Court of Appeals for final approval​​.

The former mayor’s response to the decision has been defiant. Barry Kamins, one of Giuliani’s attorneys, expressed disappointment with the committee’s decision and indicated plans to file a vigorous appeal. Giuliani’s spokesperson, Ted Goodman, went further, accusing the D.C. Bar Association of being an arm of the “permanent regime in Washington” and part of a broader effort to deny Donald Trump effective legal counsel​​.

Giuliani's career has been marked by dramatic highs and lows. He gained national prominence as the mayor of New York City during the 9/11 attacks and later served as a U.S. Attorney in Manhattan. However, his involvement in the 2020 election legal battles has overshadowed his previous accomplishments, leading to severe professional repercussions​.

The decision to disbar Giuliani underscores the serious consequences for legal professionals who engage in unethical conduct. It also reflects the broader scrutiny and accountability measures applied to those who played roles in the efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

Giuliani’s disbarment is part of a series of legal challenges he faces, including defamation lawsuits and ongoing investigations into his activities post-2020 election. This latest development further diminishes the once-formidable legal and political influence of “America’s Mayor”​.