Rudy Giuliani struggled to answer basic questions at attorney misconduct hearing


Rudy Giuliani

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.Mary Altaffer/Associated Press

  • Rudy Giuliani attended Monday’s attorney misconduct hearing as a witness.

  • Opposing attorneys became increasingly frustrated as Giuliani failed to answer candid questions, veered off course and aired nonsense allegations of voter fraud.

  • “I’m asking you what time it is. You’re teaching me how to make a clock,” the attorney told Giuliani at one point.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared Monday as the first witness at his own attorney’s misconduct hearing, but the lawyers on the other side failed to answer candid questions and forced Giuliani out of the course frequently. Proceedings quickly turned militant as he accused them of meandering into the country.

ethics case, brought to you by the Disciplinary Lawyers’ Office of the Washington, DC Bar Association, focuses on efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania when Giuliani was then-President Donald Trump’s personal attorney. I’m here. Specifically, the ODC found that the former New York mayor invalidated the results of the Pennsylvania presidential election, despite the fact that Giuliani’s widespread voter fraud claims had “no factual or legal basis.” It alleges it filed a “baseless” lawsuit seeking

According to the ODC, in filing the lawsuit, Giuliani violated the Pennsylvania Code of Professional Conduct and “engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.”

On Monday, disciplinary attorney Hamilton Fox said in his opening argument that Giuliani “was armed with his legal license” to undermine the Constitution.

“Giuliani is responsible for filing a frivolous lawsuit in a Pennsylvania court to deny millions of people the right to vote,” Fox said at a virtual hearing.

As the proceedings progressed, Fox grew increasingly frustrated with Giuliani. At one point, he was trying to get more details from Giuliani about his role in the Pennsylvania lawsuit, but the former mayor repeatedly went off course and began broadcasting nonsense allegations of voter fraud in other states. I got

“Mr. Giuliani, I am looking into your role in drafting the first complaint in Pennsylvania,” Fox said. “I’m asking what time it is, and he’s teaching me how to make a clock.”

Giuliani said, “Well, I really think the question should be answered, so you know the circumstances in which I was operating.” Please don’t give the false impression that all my time and attention was focused on one issue.”

Later in the proceedings, Giuliani recalled being there to answer questions as a witness when he began to comment on the 5-2 Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling on state voting procedures.

“I remember this very clearly,” Giuliani said of the ruling. “This is a very controversial opinion.”

Fox ignored Giuliani, noting that the ruling ruled that election observers were “allowed to remain in the room where the votes were being tallied.”

Giuliani said, “Having been in the same position as the opponents, they would agree that my position is reasonable.”

Fox interrupted by saying, “Mr. Giuliani, I have a question for you.”

Former attorney Robert Bernius, who presided over the hearing, also made multiple attempts to keep Giuliani in check.

“Mr. Giuliani, I understand your frustration, but this is not the point at which you should make your case,” he said. “Please answer the question. Thank you.”

Earlier in the day, Bernius interrupted another lengthy rant from Giuliani to remind him that he was testifying as a “witness.”

The former mayor then said he had been “persecuted for over three years” and said his actions were out of context.

“You have been a barrister for a long time and you understand how the process works.

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