A national lawyers group on Thursday filed an ethics complaint against Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, asking a New York court panel to revoke Giuliani’s law license and investigate his role in promoting false election fraud claims that fueled the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
The non-partisan group Lawyers Defending American Democracy (LDAD) alleges in the 18-page ethics complaint that Giuliani’s conduct on behalf of former President Trump crossed “ethical boundaries” that separate zealous legal advocacy from attorney misconduct.
“Mr. Giuliani personally advanced and argued claims in court that were frivolous and had no reasonable purpose other than to fuel the extrajudicial campaign of falsehoods,” the motion states.
Giuliani at a Jan. 6 pro-Trump rally called on Trump’s supporters to engage in “trial by combat.” Following his remarks, some of the supporters marched to the Capitol and breached its security, interrupting Congress’s certification of Biden’s win. The violent event left five dead.
The petition urges the grievance committee of the New York courts to suspend Giuliani from practicing law as it investigates the former New York Mayor’s role in the failed insurrection.
Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment.