(FreedomBeacon.com)- Last week, the District of Columbia Bar Association’s disciplinary counsel recommended that Rudy Giuliani be disbarred after the panel tentatively determined that he likely violated at least one professional conduct rule in his efforts to overturn Pennsylvania’s 2020 presidential election results.
The disciplinary panel said because its determination was preliminary and nonbinding, it declined to specify which rule Giuliani most likely violated.
Hamilton Fox Disciplinary Counsel for the DC Bar argued that the former NYC mayor attempted to undermine the legitimacy of the 2020 election, accusing Giuliani of weaponizing his license “to bring a frivolous action in an attempt to undermine the Constitution.”
Fox said any lawyer that would engage in misconduct to harm the country as Giuliani did “has at least got to realize that his or her law license is at risk.”
Giuliani expressed outrage toward the panel for permitting Fox to make a “personal attack” against him. Giuliani defended his efforts contesting the 2020 election results and maintained that he had reason to believe they were rigged.
Giuliani’s attorney John Leventhal argued for only a minor disciplinary measure like a letter of reprimand or a private admonition. He argued that the panel relied heavily on politics when making their case against his client. He said choosing a harsh penalty would “chill effective advocacy in the future.”
The panel is expected to issue a final report with its recommendations to the DC Bar’s Board of Professional Responsibility which will then decide whether to accept the recommendations after both parties submit additional briefs.
The Washington DC Court of Appeals will make the final decision on any disciplinary action taken against Giuliani.
Last year a New York appeals court suspended Giuliani’s license to practice law in the state for making “demonstrably false and misleading” statements about the 2020 presidential election while serving as Donald Trump’s attorney.
Giuliani’s Washington law license was suspended after the New York decision.