Bar association seeks Giuliani ban over ‘combat’ remarks

NEW YORK (AP) — Rudy Giuliani is facing possible expulsion from the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) over incendiary remarks he made to United States (US) President Donald Trump’s supporters last week before they violently stormed the US Capitol.

The organisation said on Monday that it has opened an inquiry into whether Giuliani should remain a member. Its bylaws state that “no person who advocates the overthrow of the government of the US” shall remain a member.

Removal from the bar association, a voluntary membership organisation dating to 1876, is not the same as being disbarred and banned from practicing law.

That can only be done by the courts. A message seeking comment was left with Giuliani’s spokesperson.

The bar association said he will be afforded due process and be given a chance to explain and defend his words and actions.

Democrat State Senator Brad Hoylman separately made an official complaint on Monday to the state’s courts, asking that disbarring Giuliani be taken up for consideration.