The New York State Bar Association is considering removing Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani as a member.
The group cited Giuliani leading Donald Trump’s post-election legal team to overturn the results of election and the comments at Wednesday’s rally before Trump supporters raided the Capitol.
“NYSBA has received hundreds of complaints in recent months about Mr. Giuliani and his baseless efforts on behalf of President Trump to cast doubt on the veracity of the 2020 presidential election and, after the votes were cast, to overturn its legitimate results,” the organization said in a statement.
“Based on these complaints, and the statement Mr. Giuliani uttered shortly before the attack on the Capitol, NYSBA President Scott M. Karson has launched an inquiry pursuant to the Association’s bylaws to determine whether Mr. Giuliani should be removed from the membership rolls of the Association.”
Even if Giuliani is removed, he would still be able to practice law, since the NYSBA does not have the authority to disbar him–a move that would require the approval of a state court committee.
“If we’re wrong, we will be made fools of, but if we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail,” Giuliani said, on Wednesday. “Let’s have trial by combat.”
The association said Giuliani’s remarks “quite clearly were intended to encourage Trump supporters unhappy with the election’s outcome to take matters into their own hands.”