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N.J. congressman says Giuliani should be disbarred for how he’s defended Trump on election

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor-turned-Donald Trump campaign lawyer, called the election results as “a massive fraud” and claimed “the evidence of irregularities is growing nationwide” — all without evidence.

Such talk, Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. said, warrants Giuliani’s disbarment from the practice of law. Ditto 22 other Trump campaign lawyers, the same ones whose tactics were described by former Gov. Chris Christie as “a national embarrassment.”

“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,” Pascrell, a leading Trump critic wrote to the bar associations of New York state and the battleground states of Arizona, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

“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,” wrote Pascell, D-9th Dist.

Jenna Ellis, senior legal adviser for the Trump campaign, rejected Pascrell’s actions.

“We will simply continue to do our job,” Ellis said. “This is not a political fight, it’s a legal fight. No lawyer should ever be maliciously intimidated, threatened, or targeted for advocacy of any client, especially if that client is the president of the United States.”

Pascrell said in his letter that despite “no evidence of systematic malfeasance or fraud” that the lawyers “have filed absurd lawsuits” seeking to overturn the decision of the voters and causing “irreversible damage to public trust in the fair administration of our elections.”

Because of that, he said, the bar associations had “an opportunity here to make a powerful statement in support of our democracy and deter future charlatans and miscreants from warping our legal and political systems for their own profit.”

On Wednesday, Giuliani appeared before Pennsylvania Republican state senators in Gettysburg for a hearing on the just-concluded election. In his testimony, Giuliani made the same allegations of voter fraud to the lawmakers that he and other Trump lawyers earlier offered no evidence for in court.

Trump canceled a trip to appear at the hearing in person but called in.

“This election was rigged and we can’t let that happen,” he told the lawmakers. “And this election has to be turned around, because we won Pennsylvania by a lot and we won all these swing states by a lot,”

Jonathan D. Salant may be reached at [email protected].

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