Rudy Giuliani faces ethics charges over Trump election role

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rudy Giuliani, one of Donald Trump’s key attorneys during the then-president’s failed effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election, now faces professional ethics charges, the latest career blow following the suspension of the attorney’s license in New York and the District of Columbia.

The Office of the Disciplinary Board, the disciplinary division of the District of Columbia Bar, filed charges against the former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor, alleging that he encouraged baseless voter fraud allegations in Pennsylvania. The lawsuit was filed on June 6 and was published on Friday.

At issue are claims Giuliani made in support of a Trump campaign lawsuit aimed at overturning Pennsylvania election results. That lawsuit, aimed at invalidating up to 1.5 million mail-in ballots, was dismissed by courts.

The attorney’s office said Giuliani’s conduct violated Pennsylvania professional ethics “by commencing a proceeding and alleging problems therein without having a non-frivolous basis in law and fact” and “that he engaged in conduct that detrimental to the administration of justice.”

Counsel requested that the Professional Responsibility Committee of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals consider the matter. Giuliani has 20 days to respond, according to the file. An attempt on Saturday to reach a lawyer for Giuliani was unsuccessful.

The move is the latest against Giuliani for his role in Trump’s debunked claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent.

Last June, an appeals court suspended him from the legal profession in New York for making false statements when trying to get courts to overturn Trump’s loss. A lawyers’ disciplinary committee had asked the court to suspend his license for breaking professional rules by promoting theories that the election was stolen through fraud.

The DC Bar temporarily suspended him last July, although the practical implications of this action are questionable since Giuliani’s Washington bar license has been dormant since 2002.

News of the attorney’s action follows the first public hearing of the House Committee investigating the Capitol Riot on Jan. 6, 2021. Giuliani met with the committee for hours Last month.

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