Maybe this will be like a game of dominoes, and Lin Wood’s resignation will be the beginning of the entire chain of all of Trump’s lawyers dropping. The D.C. Bar Association rendered a preliminary finding that Rudy Giuliani “weaponized” his law license by pushing the Big Lie after Donald Trump lost the 2020 election. This is the first step to disbarment in that jurisdiction. Bloomberg News:
Disciplinary Counsel Hamilton “Phil” Fox, whose office brought the ethics complaint against Giuliani, argued that the most severe sanction — losing his law license in Washington — was appropriate because Giuliani’s conduct in Pennsylvania was part of a broader effort to undermine the legitimacy of an election.
“It was a fundamental harm to the fabric of the country that could well be irreparable,” Fox said. “Any lawyer that engages in this kind of misconduct, harming the country as this has done, has at least got to realize that his or her law license is at risk.” […]
The three-person hearing committee shared its findings after hearing several days of testimony and arguments. Giuliani briefly presented character evidence that he believed weighed against sanctions, including his work on behalf of first responders following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. The disciplinary counsel then presented its case for disbarment, while Giuliani’s lawyer argued for the least serious sanction possible.
Well, things have not changed a bit. Joe Biden once said about Giuliani that, “Every sentence begins noun, verb, 9/11.” That’s all Giuliani has got, evidently, and I don’t see how that’s going to save him in this context.
If anybody deserves to get disbarred it is Giuliani and Sidney Powell. Their actions against this country were unconscionable. Powell was so far off the walls that even a Newsmax host asked her if she was really serious about her fraud allegations. Then of course there was Giuliani’s classic line to then-Speaker of the Arizona House, Rusty Bowers, “We have lots of theories, we just don’t have any evidence.”
Lin Wood’s resignation was accepted by the Georgia Bar, so maybe that’s how these other cases will proceed. That’s pure speculation, but it might be a more dignified way for these situations to resolve.
Meanwhile, John Eastman is in disbarment hearings in California and Jeffrey Clark may soon be charged by the same D.C. Bar that just found against Giuliani, preliminarily. I’m keeping an eye out to see if Eastman tries to follow Lin Wood’s lead and resign, or even if that’s possible in California.