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New York State Bar Association Moves To Oust Rudy Giuliani

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The New York State Bar Association on Monday announced it was launching an inquiry into whether to remove Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and the former mayor of New York, from its ranks following the insurrection at the Capitol last Wednesday.

Saying blame for the violence “lies first and foremost with” Trump, the association added that the president “did not act alone,” pointing to Giuliani’s comments from the pro-Trump rally held blocks from the Capitol just prior to the riot. Giuliani made a slew of false claims about election fraud as well as Vice President Mike Pence’s role in the Electoral College vote-counting process.

Claiming that evidence of election fraud was a mere 10 days away from finally becoming public, Giuliani said, “if we’re wrong, we will be made fools of.”

“But if we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail,” he added. “So, let’s have trial by combat. I’m willing to stake my reputation, the president is willing to stake his reputation on the fact that we’re going to find criminality there.”

Giuliani’s potential removal from a voluntary state bar association does not mean he would be stripped of his law license. Still, the NYSBA made clear just how rare such action is.

“We believe the last time we removed a member who hadn’t been disbarred was 1904,” Susan DeSantis, an association spokesperson told NBC News. “We have had our current bylaws that set up the process for removing a member since the 1970s, and we have never used them to remove an attorney who hadn’t already been disbarred.”

The NYSBA said it has “received hundreds of complaints in recent months about Mr. Giuliani and his baseless efforts on behalf of President Trump to cast doubt on the veracity of the 2020 presidential election and, after the votes were cast, to overturn its legitimate results.”

The group said it has “a responsibility to defend and protect the rule of law.”

“Based on these complaints, and the state… (Read more)

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