Rep. Bill Pascrell filed legal complaints in five states seeking to disbar former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and 22 other attorneys who have filed lawsuits seeking to change the results of the election, which President-elect Joe Biden decisively won.
“We live together in extraordinary and increasingly dangerous national circumstances. At present, our sitting President has refused to accept the outcome of our national election and is attacking the integrity of our electoral system to keep himself in power,” the congressman said. “The pattern of behavior by these individuals to effectuate Mr. Trump’s sinister arson is a danger not just to our legal system but is also unprecedented in our national life.”
The Trump campaign’s legal efforts to overturn the election, now guided by Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, have repeatedly failed.
So far, the campaign and Republican allies have already lost or withdrawn at least 32 post-election cases. While Giuliani frequently makes evidence-free claims of widespread voter fraud, the court cases rarely reflect those allegations.
In letters to legal authorities in New York, Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona, Pascrell charged Giuliani and other Trump attorneys of repeatedly filing frivolous lawsuits with the goal of undermining confidence in the country’s electoral systems.
“These states’ administration of their elections were strong, and there is no evidence of systemic malfeasance or fraud in any of them,” Pascrell said. “Nevertheless, Mr. Giuliani has participated in the filing a series of absurd lawsuits seeking to overturn the will of the voters in these states and has caused irreversible damage to the public trust in the fair administration of our elections.”
New York’s rules of professional conduct for licensed attorneys bar the filing of frivolous lawsuits. They further say its misconduct for an attorney to engage in dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentations.
“In carrying out that perversion, they have clearly violated the Rules of Professional Conduct they swore to uphold and should face the severest sanction your body can mete out: revocation of their law licensures,” Pascrell said.