Rudy Giuliani Files to Represent Donald Trump in Pennsylvania Lawsuit as Other Counsels Pull Out

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has filed a petition to appear on behalf of President Donald Trump in a lawsuit the president's campaign is filing about the 2020 election in Pennsylvania.

Giuliani formally filed to be admitted to practice at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on Tuesday after three attorneys representing the campaign withdrew.

It is not clear whether Giuliani's application to the court is as a direct result of the withdrawal on Monday but his decision has raised eyebrows among observers of the campaign's legal efforts.

As the court filing notes, Giuliani was first admitted to the bar in 1969 but it appears the former Republican mayor hasn't argued a case in some years.

Giuliani has never practiced law in Pennsylvania but this may prove no barrier to his admission, as he has practiced in the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, among others.

According to Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), the last time Giuliani entered an appearance at a federal court was in 1992.

Giuliani was elected mayor of New York in 1993, which naturally curtailed his practice. He served as mayor from January 1994 until December 2001 and doesn't seem to have argued before a federal court since.

🚨NEW: Rudy Giuliani has filed to appear as counsel for Trump in his Pennsylvania federal case.

— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) November 17, 2020

The Trump campaign is taking the case against Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar. It relates to procedures that were reportedly not uniform across the whole state, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

Boockvar has asked for the suit to be thrown out. The campaign recently abandoned part of the lawsuit but they are seeking to prevent the certification of Pennsylvania's electoral college votes.

The Trump campaign has made repeated and unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. Pennsylvania has been called for former Vice President Joe Biden, though it went to Trump in 2016.

As Washington Post reporter John Swain noted on Twitter on Monday : "All three attorneys representing the Trump campaign in its federal lawsuit in Pennsylvania have filed to withdraw from the case."

Those attorneys were replaced by Marc Scaringi. Giuliani's filing names his associate counsels as Scaringi and Brian C. Caffrey, both of Scaringi Law. It remains to be seen if the court will grant the former New York mayor's request.

Attorney for the President, Rudy Giuliani
Attorney for the President, Rudy Giuliani speaks to the media at a press conference held in the back parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The press conference took place just minutes after news networks announced that Joe Biden had won the presidency over Donald Trump after it was projected that he had won the state of Pennsylvania. Giuliani has filed to represent the Trump campaign in court. Chris McGrath/Getty Images