The New York State Bar Association announced Monday that it is launching an inquiry into whether to remove former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, from its ranks after the insurrection at the Capitol last week. However, we must address the root cause of this abhorrent incident, the blame for which lies first and foremost with President Donald Trump. "Hours before the angry mob stormed the Capitol walls, Trump's personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani addressed a crowd of thousands at the White House, reiterating baseless claims of widespread election fraud".
Removal from the membership of the bar association could, however, make it more challenging for Giuliani to represent Trump, though it wasn't immediately clear how the reprimand would affect him outside of NY.
Guiliani, a former US attorney for the Southern District of NY and a partner at various white shoe law firms, has served as President Donald Trump's personal lawyer throughout his time in office.
The NYSBA, the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation, said in a statement that it has received hundreds of complaints since the election about 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 New York Business Administration also said that Guiliani's comments on the January 6 rally were aimed at "encouraging Trump supporters who are unhappy with the election results to take matters into their own hands".
The statement continued, "But the president did not act alone", the group added.
The NYSBA said it based its inquiry on the long trove of complaints against Giuliani, which it had been receiving in recent months, but made a decision to take action only after his speech on the Capitol Hill not long before an angry group of Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol building by force.
"Over the next 10 days, we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent, and if we're wrong, we will be made fools of", Giuliani said. So - let's have trial by combat, ' he suggested in his remarks.
The organization claims that 'Giuliani's words quite clearly were meant to encourage Trump supporters unhappy with the election's outcome to take matters into their own hands'.
Karson said that the investigation would look into whether Giuliani had violated the organization's bylaws, specifically, that "no person who advocates the overthrow of the government" can be a member.
Bar association officials said that Giuliani will have a chance to explain himself to the association if he so chooses.
The document stated that "their next attack on the Capitol was nothing more than a coup attempt to prevent a peaceful transfer of power". "We can not sit idly by and allow those intent on rending the fabric of our democracy to go unchecked".