A legal ethics committee in Washington, which oversaw a disciplinary case late this year against Rudolph W. Giuliani, recommended on Friday that he be fired for his “unprecedented” attempts to overturn the 2020 election in favor of his client at the time, President Donald J. Trump. .
In its recommendation, the DC Bar’s board of professional responsibility panel said Mr. Giuliani’s efforts to “undermine the integrity” of the election “helped destabilize our democracy” and “do lasting damage” to the oath to uphold the US constitution. that he swore when he was admitted to the bar.
While the panel acknowledged a record of public service by Mr. Giuliani, a former New York City mayor and United States attorney in Manhattan, it also noted that “all of this happened a long time ago.”
“The misconduct here sadly exceeds all of his past achievements,” the panel wrote. “It was unparalleled in its destructive purpose and impact. He sought to disrupt a presidential election and persists in his refusal to acknowledge the wrong he has done.”
Mr. Giuliani’s hearing before the ethics committee took place in December and focused on the role he played in bringing a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Philadelphia that sought to delay the certification of the election results in Pennsylvania.
The federal judge who heard the Pennsylvania case dismissed it, comparing it to a “Frankenstein’s monster” that was “haphazardly stitched together.” A federal appeals court then upheld the dismissal in a scathing order by a Trump-appointed judge who noted that “calling an election unfair doesn’t make it so.”
The judicial ethics committee in Washington determined that Mr. Giuliani filed the lawsuit “when he had no factual basis, and therefore no legitimate legal basis, to do so.”
“He alleged massive election fraud but had no evidence of it,” the panel wrote. “By prosecuting that devastating case Mr. Giuliani, a sworn officer of the court, forfeited his right to practice law.”
A local appeals court in Washington will ultimately decide whether to revoke his license to practice law in the city. He already had his license suspended in New York. One of his lawyers, Barry Kamins, said he was disappointed with the committee’s recommendation in Washington and would file a “strong appeal.”
The ethics committee’s recommendation was the latest example of bar authorities seeking accountability for lawyers who tried to help Mr. Trump overturn the results of the election and maintain his power.
In March, under a negotiated settlement with the state bar in Colorado, the lawyer Jenna Ellis admitted that she knowingly misrepresented the facts in several of her public claims that widespread voter fraud led to Mr. Trump’s defeat. Ms. Ellis worked closely with Mr. Giuliani in various attempts to keep Mr. Trump in office.
Another lawyer who participated in those trials, John Eastman, is currently facing a disciplinary hearing from bar officials in California that could cause the loss of his law license. Mr. Eastman, a law professor, was the architect of a plan to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to use his position as president of the Senate to unilaterally throw the election to Mr. Trump during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021. .
A potential impeachment is not the only legal issue facing Mr. Giuliani. Late last year, he received a grand jury subpoena from federal prosecutors who are considering criminal charges related to Mr. Trump’s various attempts to stay in power.
Last month, Mr. Giuliani sat for an interview with prosecutors working for special counsel Jack Smith, who is leading the election interference investigation.