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Rudy Giuliani's DC legal license is suspended

Rudolph Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, will chair a press conference on Thursday, November 19, 2020 in the Republican National Committee on Trials of the 2020 Presidential Election.

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WASHINGTON – The District of Columbia Supreme Court suspended Rudy Giuliani from attorney in Washington on Wednesday pending disciplinary proceedings in New York.

The District of Columbia Appeals Court suspension was automatically triggered by Giuliani's suspension from practicing law in New York state last month.

Giuliani was an inactive member of the District of Columbia Bar Association when he was suspended on Wednesday.

Giuliani's admission to the bar in New York was suspended on June 25 in a ruling citing his "false and misleading statements" about the electoral defeat of former President Donald Trump.

The suspension in New York is temporary pending the outcome of a full formal disciplinary hearing.

Giuliani is a former New York City Mayor who was once a senior Justice Department official and US attorney in Manhattan.

His mutual suspension in Washington also comes as a criminal investigation into Giuliani in connection with his work in Ukraine is underway by the same federal agency.

Giuliani's attorney Arthur Aidala did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC on Wednesday.

Since Trump's defeat in November, the former president and his lawyer have made false claims about the legitimacy of President Joe Biden's victory. They claim, without evidence, that Trump was cheated of a victory by widespread electoral fraud in key states.

Giuliani's false statements about the Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania elections – all states Biden won – were quoted in the crushing 33-page suspension order issued by a five-person appeal panel of the First Judicial Department of the New York State Supreme Judgment on June 25th.

This division includes the Bronx and Manhattan, where Giuliani's law firm is located.

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