President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and 22 other Trump campaign attorneys have come under attack from a New Jersey Democrat lawmaker who’s filed complaints against them in five states.
Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., a dogged critic of Trump, wants their law licenses yanked for “filing frivolous lawsuits and trying to help Trump steal the election and dismantle democracy,” he tweeted last Friday.
“Donald Trump has done great damage to this nation — but he has always had helpers. These lawyers are enabling his treachery and harming our democracy,” a spokesperson for Pascrell told The Washington Post.
The paperwork was filed with regulatory and disciplinary boards within the state bar associations in Arizona, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Giuliani’s home state of New York.
The threshold for disbarment is high and doesn’t happen often, the Post noted, citing American Bar Association statistics from 2018 showing 378 lawyers were disbarred that year out of the approximate 1.3 million active, licensed attorneys in the country.
“Failure to hold Giuliani and his crew accountable by revoking their licenses will only invite further abuses by bad actors and push America closer to lawlessness and authoritarianism,” Pascrell’s spokesperson said.
Legal ethicist Scott Cummings of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law told the Post it’s unlikely Giuliani will be disbarred in any of the five states where Pascrell filed a complaint. But Pascrell’s grievances may prompt an investigation of Giuliani’s conduct that yields a lesser sanction, he speculated.
“These kinds of complaints raise the public profile of cases and put pressure on bar associations to take action,” he told the Post.
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