Rudy Giuliani's incompetence and dishonesty exposed by suspension order -- here are 5 damning examples
Former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Thursday faced fresh humiliation when the Attorney Grievance Committee for New York State Supreme Court's First Judicial Department suspended his law license.
Specifically, the committee decided to put the former New York mayor's law license on ice after concluding that he "communicated demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large in his capacity as lawyer for former President Donald J. Trump."
The order suspending Giuliani's law license is filled to the brim with examples of the rank incompetence and dishonesty that he employed in his failed quest to keep Trump in the White House -- below are five of the most egregious examples.
1.) Rudy Giuliani tells a court that he's claiming voter fraud cost Trump the election -- then admits later he is not claiming voter fraud.
Giuliani responded in the affirmative when asked by a judge last year if he was alleging fraud, but then later backtracked when pressed by the court.
"So the amended complaint -- does the amended complaint plead fraud with particularity?" the judge asked.
"No, Your Honor, and it doesn't plead fraud," he said. "It pleads the -- it pleads the plan or scheme that we lay out... without characterizing it."
The committee notes that Giuliani's initial fraud claim "was made despite an amended complaint in which his very own client withdrew any fraud related claim."
2.) Giuliani defends lies about absentee ballots by saying he sincerely believed them at the time.
The committee shows that Giuliani made multiple false claims about Pennsylvania recording more votes via absentee ballot than the total number of absentee ballots sent out before the election.
Giuliani claimed that his multiple false claims about absentee ballots were an honest mistake -- but the committee didn't buy this explanation.
"[Giuliani] does not deny that his factual statement, that only 1.8 million mail-in ballots were requested, was untrue," the committee writes. "His defense is that he did not make this misstatement knowingly. Respondent claims that he relied on some unidentified member of his 'team' who 'inadvertently' took the information from the Pennsylvania website, which had the information mistakenly listed. There is simply no proof to support this explanation."
3.) Giuliani caught blatantly lying about a dead boxer voting in Philadelphia.
The committee showed that Giuliani falsely claimed to have proof that dead people in Philadelphia were voting in droves for Joe Biden, including most notably the late boxer Joe Frazier, who died in 2011.
A simple check of voter registration information, however, showed this claim to be utter nonsense.
"The public records submitted on this motion unequivocally show that respondent's statement is false," the committee states. "Public records show that 15 Pennsylvania formally cancelled Mr. Frazier's eligibility to vote on February 8, 2012, three months after he died."
4.) Giuliani claimed Biden received over 60,000 votes from underage Americans in Georgia -- the actual number was zero.
In a particularly damning example of Giuliani's reckless disregard for the truth, the commission showed how he concocted a statistic about underage voters out of nothing.
"At various times, respondent claimed that 65,000 or 66,000 or 165,00 underage voters illegally voted in the Georgia 2020 election," the committee explains. "The Georgia Office of the Secretary of State undertook an investigation of this claim. It compared the list of all of the people who voted in Georgia to their full birthdays. The audit revealed that there were zero (0) underage voters in the 2020 election."
Giuliani's defense of spreading this falsehood was that he was merely relying on the "expert" testimony of a man named Bryan Geels, whom the committee said was not an expert in anything.
"Other than respondent calling him an "expert," we do not know Mr. Geels' actual area of expertise or what qualifies him as such," writes the committee. "Merely providing names and conclusory assertions that respondent had a basis for what he said, does not raise any disputed issue about whether misconduct has occurred."
5.) Giuliani persisted in claiming that "a few hundred thousand" undocumented immigrants voted for Biden in Arizona even after being told that there was no data to support that conclusion.
Giuliani claimed on numerous occasions that anywhere from 10,000 to 250,000 undocumented immigrants voted illegally for Biden, and the committee said Giuliani's numerical claims are "so wildly divergent and irreconcilable, that they all cannot be true at the same time."
Furthermore, it showed that Giuliani didn't back down even when presented with contradictory evidence.
"At the November 30, 2020 hearing, when it was brought to respondent's attention that no study to support the conclusions had been done, respondent persisted in making these false factual statements," the committee writes. "In January 2021, respondent even admitted that he did not have the 'best sources' to justify the numbers he was stating as fact. Nonetheless, respondent has failed to produce any sources, whether 'best' or marginal, to support any of the figures he has presented to the public with authority."
The founder of a local parents organization at the forefront of a conservative backlash against equity efforts in Loudoun County Public Schools in northern Virginia re-shared and then hastily removed an article produced by a white nationalist outfit on its website today.
Scott Mineo, the founder of Parents Against Critical Theory, or PACT, received national attention when he appeared on "Fox & Friends in April. Introducing the segment, host Steve Doocy suggested without evidence that Loudoun County Public Schools are teaching critical race theory, while artfully shifting the onus to justify the coverage to his guest.
"A Virginia parents groups is fighting to keep critical race theory out of their classrooms in Loudoun County, Virginia," Doocy said. "They've released evidence that they say proves the controversial curriculum is being used in their schools." A spokesperson for Loudoun County Public Schools has previously told Raw Story that critical race theory is not taught in classrooms, and the nearly 5-minute segment providing Mineo with a national platform on "Fox & Friends" presented no evidence to the contrary.
On Thursday morning, the PACT website re-published an article that appeared two days earlier on the National Justice website. The article covers a protest led by Mineo's group that resulted in opponents of critical race theory and the district's transgender policy being arrested after the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office declared an unlawful assembly at a school board meeting that became unruly. While substituting a different headline, the PACT website otherwise re-published the National Justice article as a copy-and-paste, using the same text, including original links to mainstream and right-wing news outlets and a link to author Eric Striker's bio page.
Striker, whose real name is Joseph Jordan, is the editor-in-chief of the National Justice website, described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a "junk news website." As the SPLC reported, Jordan helped found the similarly named National Justice Party in 2019, along with other contributors to The Right Stuff podcast, a hub for alt-right and white supremacist propagandists that played an influential role in generating interest for the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. Jordan marched with the now-defunct neo-Nazi group Traditionalist Worker Party at Unite the Right, which erupted in clashes between neo-Nazis and antifascists, and resulted in the death of an antiracist activist who was murdered in a white supremacist car-ramming attack.
The Right Stuff "promoted the candidacy of Donald Trump in 2016 through podcasts and traffic in Holocaust denial and other antisemitic conspiracy theories," the SPLC reported, and its successor the National Justice Party similarly launched on "a platform shaped around a conspiracy theory suggesting that whites are being deliberately eliminated in the US."
The article published by Jordan and re-shared by PACT focuses on a Loudoun County Sheriff's Office major who is Black and who is seen in video of the arrest of one of the conservative protesters on Tuesday. The article baselessly claims that the enforcement actions by the sheriff's office are racially motivated, and signals distrust in Black police officers in a manner that hearkens back to the Jim Crow era, when Black law enforcement officers were restricted to policing Black areas and were not allowed to arrest white people.
"McDonald represents a relatively new breed of law enforcement officer that has been encouraged to selectively apply the law based on their political views or racial identity," Jordan writes in the article, without citing any evidence.
Reached by Raw Story on Thursday morning, Mineo indicated he was not aware of the National Justice Party's white nationalist and antisemitic platform.
"I don't know who this organization is exactly," he said. "I did a little research."
Mineo declined comment further on what he learned about the party, beyond a suggestion to look at the links in the article. As a basis for his reluctance to speak further, he cited his displeasure with a previous Raw Story article reporting on racist and anti-Muslim Facebook posts made on a Facebook alt account in 2017, arguing that it was irrelevant to his current activism opposing critical race theory. In an interview for that story, Mineo did not deny being the owner of the "Vito Malara" Faceobook account and acknowledged authorship of some of the posts.
Roughly 10 minutes after Mineo spoke with Raw Story on Thursday, the National Justice article was removed from the PACT website.
Posting on the "Vito Malara" account, Mineo has previously floated a conspiracy theory on Facebook that Unite the Right was contrived by shadowy left-wing operatives. Sharing a Breitbart story that notes that Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler at one time supported President Obama, "Vito Malara" wrote, "There's always more to the story when Liberals get all bent out of shape."
The Facebook post magnified the significance of Kessler's earlier support for Obama, while omitting any mention that later his political views took a hard-right turn that led to him joining the Proud Boys and convening a coalition of white supremacists to rally around the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville.
During an appearance on Steve Bannon's show on the Real America's Voice network, MyPillow CEO and pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell was asked about the "special event" he has planned for August, namely the "2021 inauguration" of Donald Trump.
Bannon looked to Lindell and asked: "So, you're gonna be the team, you're gonna do the parade, you're gonna do all of it?"
"Absolutely," Lindell replied. "Jim Acosta just called me yesterday. He goes, Mike, are you talking later in the year? I say no, Jim, it's still August... you know, it might be a little bit later if it has to be."
At the "Restore America" rally last weekend, Lindell added another update to his long list of unfulfilled predictions of a reckoning regarding the 2020 election, saying that come fall, there will be a worldwide-watched event where mass voter fraud is revealed, leaving the Supreme Court no choice but to reinstate Trump.
Watch the clip from Bannon's show below:
Mike Lindell says he's in charge of the parade for Trump's 2021 inauguration www.youtube.com
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