The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court said Thursday it was “immediately suspending” Giuliani’s license — although it is an interim suspension, so he will have an opportunity for reinstatement.
The ruling was made in response to a complaint filed by the New York Bar Association seeking Giuliani’s suspension.
The New York Bar Association “has sustained its burden of proving that respondent made knowing false and misleading factual statements to support his claim that the presidential election was stolen from his client,” the court’s decision said. “There is uncontroverted evidence that respondent communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign in connection with Trump’s failed effort at reelection in 2020.”
“These false statements were made to improperly bolster respondent’s narrative that due to widespread voter fraud, victory in the 2020 United States presidential election was stolen from his client,” the Appellate Division wrote. “We conclude that respondent’s conduct immediately threatens the public interest and warrants interim suspension from the practice of law, pending further proceedings before the Attorney Grievance Committee.”
Responding Thursday afternoon on his WABC-AM New York City radio show, an emotional Giuliani said, “I’m going to tell you unequivocally: I did not commit any crimes or anything close to them.”
“I defended an unpopular client,” he said. “I’ve been threatened with death for it. I’ve had a good deal of my income taken away. I’ve lost friends over it. Isn’t that what a lawyer is supposed to do?”
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SOURCE: ABC News, Aaron Katersky and John Santucci