Rudy Giuliani’s license to practice law could be among the casualties resulting from the attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters last week.
As announced Monday, the New York State Bar Association is investigating Giuliani and considering whether to expel him from the group.
“We cannot stand idly by and allow those intent on rending the fabric of our democracy to go unchecked,” said the NYSBA, adding that it had received “hundreds of complaints about Giuliani in recent months.”
The investigation will focus on Giuliani’s efforts to overturn the presidential election with legal maneuvers as well as his comments ahead of the January 6th attack, which the NYSBA has described as “nothing short of an attempted coup.”
In its announcement, the NYSBA cited the following comment by Rudy Giuliani as partially responsible for the riot. The group has also accused him of supporting “the overthrow of the government of the United States.”
“If we’re wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail,” said Giuliani on Wednesday morning. “Let’s have trial by combat.”
Expulsion from the NYSBA will not block Rudy Giuliani from practicing, but it could lead to his disbarment (something that requires the approval of a state court committee). If Giuliani is not disbarred, he could very well be defending Trump in an impeachment trial.
Also on Monday, the Treasury Department announced new sanctions targeting Andrii Derkach, the pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker who helped Giuliani investigate allegations of wrongdoing by Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. The sanctions affect seven individuals and four businesses that are said to have participated in a “Russia-linked foreign influence network.”