New York Bar Association launches probe to expel Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani speaks at a rally in support of President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 before attendees stormed the Capitol Building. | Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

NEW YORK – The New York State Bar Association opens an investigation to remove Rudy Giuliani from membership for his role in inciting the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week.

The bar association said Monday it has received hundreds of complaints via Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney and former Mayor of New York City. Its president, Scott Karson, “has opened an investigation under the association’s statutes to determine whether Mr Giuliani should be removed from the association’s membership lists,” the group said in a statement.

The bar association quotes Giulianis Speak to a group of thousands of Trump supporters outside the White House before going to the Capitol, where he repeated unsubstantiated claims that election fraud was responsible for Trump’s loss.

“If we are wrong we will be fooled, but if we are right many of them will go to jail,” said Giuliani, the former US attorney for the southern district. “Let’s try a fight.”

The Bar Association’s statutes prevent membership for anyone who advocates the overthrow of the United States government, or any state or locality, by violence or illegal means. Exclusion from the club would not affect Giuliani’s ability to practice in the state.

“Mr. Giuliani’s words should clearly encourage Trump supporters who are dissatisfied with the election result to take matters into their own hands,” the association said in its statement. “Their subsequent attack on the Capitol was nothing less than an attempted coup that should prevent the peaceful change of power. “

During the investigation, Giuliani will have the opportunity to explain his actions if he so wishes. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“This decision is historic for NYSBA and we did not take it lightly,” the group said. “We cannot stand idly by and allow those who want to tear apart the fabric of our democracy to remain uncontrolled.”

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