Daily US Times: Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has had his law licence suspended in New York for making “demonstrably false and misleading” claims around the 2020 presidential election.
The 77-year-old lawyer has been a mayor of New York City and a personal lawyer to former US President Donald Trump.
Mr Trump refused to admit losing the general election to Joe Biden and Mr Giuliani went to court to overturn the election result, claiming it had been fixed.
On Thursday, Mr Trump defended Mr Giuliani as “a great American patriot”.
Hours after a New York appeals court ruled that the lawyer had lied about electoral fraud to the public and in legal statements, the ex-president repeated the claims again without providing new evidence.
The decision of suspending Giuliani’s licence, made by a five-judge panel, is temporary – pending the outcome of a full disciplinary hearing.
Since the election, Donald Trump and his allies have filed dozens of lawsuits in many US courts claiming voter fraud in last year’s elections. All but one have been dismissed by US courts or withdrawn by prosecutors.
Mr Giuliani’s lawyers said they were disappointed with the New York ruling.
They said in a statement: “Our client does not pose a present danger to the public interest. We believe that once the issues are fully explored at a hearing Mr Giuliani will be reinstated as a valued member of the legal profession that he has served so well in his many capacities for so many years.”
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