Rudy Giuliani’s lawyers plan to rely on key former advisers to Donald Trump in a Washington, DC, lawyer disciplinary hearing for the one-time Trump lawyer.
Giuliani’s witness list includes the former New York mayor himself, along with other notable names linked to the former president’s attempt to challenge his 2020 election loss in court. They include Peter Navarro, Corey Lewandowski, Jenna Ellis and Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, according to filings filed Friday.
The D.C. Bar’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which has filed an ethics case against Giuliani as a member of the D.C. bar, says he was pushing unwarranted election fraud allegations in federal court in Pennsylvania on Trump’s behalf.
During oral arguments in the case, filed days before the 2020 election, Giuliani said, without evidence, that “the best description of this situation is the widespread voter fraud that this is a part of across the nation.”
Disciplinary filings allege that Giuliani “sought to take advantage of two legal ballot rejections by non-defendant counties to invalidate 1.5 million ballots that had already been counted.” The D.C. bar also alleges there was no “legal basis” for the constitutional claims Giuliani pursued in the Pennsylvania case.
The disciplinary office’s proceedings, called the charge, put Giuliani’s status as a lawyer in jeopardy. The hearing in December will be more like a trial and will be held before a commission that will make findings and make recommendations for professional punishments for former US Attorney Giuliani. Giuliani has already been disbarred from practicing law by the New York bar, which is also investigating election fraud efforts on Trump’s behalf in court.
The DC Court of Appeals has final authority over the bar’s disciplinary proceedings, and the court reviews and upholds disciplinary actions that include the suspension or disbarment of an attorney accused of misconduct.