Rudy Giuliani Says Having Law License Suspended 'Completely Un-American'

Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, criticized the suspension of his law license and took aim at New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Giuliani, also a former mayor of New York City, spoke to Newsmax following an appeals court ruling suspending his law license in the state. He first received the license in 1969.

Speaking to Newsmax's Greg Kelly on Thursday, Giuliani criticized James for her ongoing investigation into Trump.

Giuliani said James "is running for office in a way that should have gotten her disbarred."

"She's running for office to get one man [Trump]," Giuliani said. "She never said he committed a crime. What crime are they investigating?

"They're looking for a crime. Do you know how un-American that is?"

"We investigate allegations of crimes," he said. "We don't go search a man's life to invent or find crimes."

"That's what they're doing to him and that's what the Southern District [of New York] is doing to me," Giuliani went on. "It's an investigation in search of a crime. Completely un-American."

Prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) are investigating Giuliani over his dealings with Ukraine and his connection to two businessmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. His apartment was searched in April as part of the probe.

Earlier this month, the New York attorney general's office joined a criminal fraud investigation of the Trump Organization being carried out by the Manhattan district attorney's office, according to The New York Times. James' office had previously been conducting a civil investigation.

The New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division suspended Giuliani's law license on Thursday, citing what the five-justice panel described as Giuliani's "demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public."

"These false statements were made to improperly bolster respondent's narrative that due to widespread voter fraud, victory in the 2020 United States presidential election was stolen from his client," the court wrote.

"We conclude that respondent's conduct immediately threatens the public interest and warrants interim suspension from the practice of law, pending further proceedings before the Attorney Grievance Committee."

Giuliani's license was immediately suspended and the court suggested that suspension could become permanent.

"We find that there is evidence of continuing misconduct, the underlying offense is incredibly serious, and the uncontroverted misconduct in itself will likely result in substantial permanent sanctions," the court wrote.

Attorneys for Giuliani, John Leventhal and Barry Kamins issued a statement expressing disappointment with the court's decision.

"Our client does not pose a present danger to the public interest," the statement said. "We believe that once the issues are fully explored at a hearing Mr Giuliani will be reinstated as a valued member of the legal profession that he has served so well in his many capacities for so many years."

Newsweek asked Rudy Giuliani's attorneys and the New York attorney general's office for comment.

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani makes an appearance in support of fellow Republican Curtis Sliwa, who is running for NYC mayor, on June 21, 2021, in New York City. Giuliani's law license was suspended by a New York court on Thursday. Spencer Platt/Getty Images