UPDATED: 11:30 a.m. ET, June 24, 2021
Originally published April 28
The latest indication that the proverbial chickens have come home to roost for the former New York City mayor-turned Trump lawyer defending “the big lie” is the suspension of his law license in New York state.
In a 33-page ruling, the New York State Supreme Court announced its decision to “immediately” suspend the law license of the former Associate Attorney General in the Reagan administration and former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for making “demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump and the Trump campaign in connection with Trump’s failed effort at reelection in 2020.”
It was Giuliani’s latest L in a journey of losses he embarked upon when he attached himself to Trump’s campaign.
Previously, in April, federal investigators executed search warrants at the New York City home and office of Trump’s personal lawyer in connection to an ongoing probe into Giuliani’s involvement in Ukraine. The search reportedly took place around 6 a.m. where federal agents seized his electronic devices.
While Giuliani, 77, has not released a statement (history tells us he will do so) his lawyer Robert J. Costello told The New York Times he felt the search went far beyond because his client had agreed to speak with prosecutors regarding the probe. His only restrictions were questions regarding his client privileged conversations with Trump.
“What they did today was legal thuggery,” Mr. Costello said. “Why would you do this to anyone, let alone someone who was the associate attorney general, United States attorney, the mayor of New York City and the personal lawyer to the 45th president of the United States.”
For two years investigators inquired into whether Giuliani had any illegal dealings lobbying Ukraine officials in 2019 for information regarding Trump’s adversaries including President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. The feds are also looking into whether Giuliani attempted to undermine the former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch.
Prosecutors eventually charged his Ukrainian associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, in 2019 and a trial is scheduled to begin in October.
With new administration officials seated at the Department of Justice, his placement of protection ceased to exist.
Yet and still Wednesday’s search adds to a tallying roll of Giuliani’s public fall from grace, much of which was apparent to Black communities who were privy to his inner workings after five decades of languishing in the political spotlight. At the height of his praise, he was heralded for helping to take down New York City’s mafia bosses in the 80’s and then successfully won his bid for mayor in the 1990’s. After the September 11 attacks Giuliani was considered “America’s Mayor,” only to morph into an obstructer of democracy as one of the main lie spreaders around Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election.
From spreading racist conspiracy theories to upholding harmful policies like stop-and-frisk in New York City, Giuliani will belong to a different hall of history unless revisionist histories save him from his imminent downfall.
1. June 2021 – New York State Suspends Giuliani’s Law License
The New York Supreme Court wrote in a decision to suspend Guilini’s law license that his willing participation in spreading lies and disinformation about the 2020 election “immediately threatens the public interest and warrants interim suspension from the practice of law, pending further proceedings before the Attorney Grievance Committee (sometimes AGC or Committee).”
It was a damning condemnation and suggests that Giuliani’s legal career is all but over for the 77-year-old.
2. April 2021 – Feds Execute Search Warrant
Federal investigators raided the New York apartment of president Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani early Wednesday as part of a probe into his dealings in Ukraine.
3. Jan. 2021 – Inciting The Jan. 6 Capitol Attack
Rudy Giuliani, personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a “Save America Rally” near the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
4. Jan. 2021- Sued By Dominion Voting Systems
Dominion voting systems sued Giuliani for false election claims he continued to disseminate during the 2020 presidential election.
5. Dec. 2020 – Erratic Michigan House Oversight Committee Meeting
Rudy Giuliani served as legal representation during an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee where he called on numerous witnesses who repeated false, damaging and racist claims regarding the 2020 presidential election. Giuliani filed several motions which eventually was rejected by the Supreme Court.
6. Nov. 2020 – RNC Presser With Hair Dye
Giuliani participated in an embarrassing news conference at the Republican National Committee regarding the frivolous lawsuits around the 2020 presidential election.
7. Oct. 2020 – Appearance in Borat Film
Giuliani was duped in the follow up to Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2006 “Borat” film, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” In a disturbing scene Giuliani can be seen reaching into his pants and apparently touching his genitals while reclining on a bed in the presence of an actor portraying Borat’s daughter who poses as a journalist.