- Rudy Giuliani has been hit with an ethics charge by the DC Bar for his false allegations of voter fraud.
- The case centers on Giuliani’s efforts to pursue baseless fraud charges in a Pennsylvania court in 2020.
- Giuliani was suspended from practicing law in New York last year for making false statements about the election.
Rudy Giuliani was hit with a ethics charge Friday by the office that regulates attorneys in the District of Columbia for its false allegations of voter fraud.
The DC Bar’s Disciplinary Branch says Giuliani pushed baseless allegations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election in a Pennsylvania court and accused him of violating two rules of professional conduct in the state. .
The prosecution brings Giuliani closer to losing the ability to practice law in the district, a year after he was suspended from practicing in New York for his election fraud allegations.
Friday’s filing outlines Giuliani’s support for a Trump campaign lawsuit that sought to overturn Pennsylvania’s election results.
The lawsuit argued that up to 1.5 million absentee ballots in Pennsylvania should be disqualified due to alleged violations of state election laws.
The DC Bar charges allege there was “no legal basis” for the claims.
The filing also says Giuliani sought an emergency order to bar certification of the presidential election and other orders to allow the state assembly to choose its voters and declare Trump the winner in Pennsylvania.
Giuliani “brought a lawsuit and therein asserted non-frivolous issues without merit in law and in fact to do so” and “engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice,” according to the filing. of the court.
The former New York City mayor told a district court he had 300 statements and affidavits that could prove his fraud allegations, according to the filing.
The DC Bar charges said the affidavits were “(a) unsubstantiated, (b) unrelated to Trump voters (c) involved conduct outside of the seven defendant counties, and (d) on their own terms, were isolated incidents that could not have affected the presidential election results by offsetting the Biden majority of more than 80,000 votes.”
The lawsuit in Pennsylvania, which was filed days after the 2020 election, was ultimately dismissed.
Giuliani was admitted to the DC bar in 1976, but his status became inactive in 2002.
The disciplinary process will now move to a hearing phase where Giuliani can respond to the allegations, according to CNN.