February 7, 2023

MAYORAL DISGRACE: Giuliani gets grilled in DC bar disciplinary hearing

MAYORAL DISGRACE: Giuliani gets grilled in DC bar disciplinary hearing

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Former New York City mayor and disgraced ex-Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani testified Monday in a disciplinary hearing over his role in the former president’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.

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Appearing disoriented and disheveled, Giuliani resembled a deer in headlights when asking direct questions about his actions — specifically in Pennsylvania.

Hamilton Fox, Disciplinary Counsel for the Washington D.C. Bar, came out of the gate swinging, saying the Trump ally was “responsible for filing a frivolous action asking a federal court to deprive millions of the people in Pennsylvania of their right to vote.”

“Nobody would disagree that the right to vote is fundamental. People marched, people protested. People suffered, and some people died,” Fox said.

Giuliani, accompanied by his attorney John Leventhal, attempted to deflect from the key role he played in the farce —putting the onus on attorney Ronald Hicks for drafting the initial complaints in the Pennsylvania court lawsuit.

The complaint filed with the D.C. bar stated that there wasn’t a challenge to the results of the 2020 election, but instead, the lawsuits filed sought to invalidate and overturn the votes of tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians, in violation of not just the Constitution, but the standards of the nation’s capital bar.

“Neither Respondent nor Plaintiffs challenged the November 3, 2020, election results pursuant to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s statutory procedures for election contests with Respondent’s assistance, Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit that sought to overturn the results of the Pennsylvania presidential election through a federal district court order, based on alleged violations of the United States Constitution” the complaint states..

It’s clear that Giuliani was attempting to throw out nearly 700,000 legally cast ballots in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Going into a diatribe about his long history in the legal profession, Giuliani maintained that he believed they would already be prepared in anticipation of litigation since Bush v. Gore, which was promptly squashed.

Giuliani then got belligerent.

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“Will you let me finish my answer?” Giuliani asked. “I let you finish your question,” Law & Crime reported.

At times during the hearing, the former President’s unwavering cheerleader seemed confused, asking “can you hear me now?” when attempting to get his microphone to work during the Zoom proceeding.

Visibly unhappy with the line of questioning when confronted with a transcript of a previous deposition contradicting his claims on plausible deniability, Giuliani said, “I believe that I’ve been persecuted for three or four years, including false charges brought against me by the federal government.”

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The New York native and Trump coup plot co-conspirator – a member of the D.C. bar since the 1970s – had his law license suspended in the summer of 2021 because of his actions on behalf of Trump.

Though not charged with a crime related to his actions, Giuliani has been named in several investigations as a key witness — including Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ probe into attempts to interfere in the state’s election results.

“A constitutional democracy like ours does not work unless the loser honors the decision of the voters,” Fox said.

Don’t expect an immediate decision in the proceedings. The hearings are expected to last another two weeks.

Original reporting by Adam Klasfeld at Law & Crime.

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Ty Ross

News journalist for Washington Press and Occupy Democrats.

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