Rudy Giuliani intends to defend himself against a legal ethics prosecution in Washington by calling a string of witnesses who promoted baseless claims that the 2020 election was marred by widespread fraud.
A witness list submitted Friday by his lawyers to the hearing committee that will consider his case in early December features prominent conservative lawyers and activists who backed then-President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” effort to undo Joe Biden’s victories in key states.
Giuliani’s proposed witnesses include Doug Mastriano the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania; Christina Bobb, a lawyer recently in the spotlight for her connection to a federal criminal inquiry into Trump’s handling of government documents at his Mar-a-Lago resort; former Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis; former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi; former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, former Trump 2016 campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik.
Giuliani could lose his ability to practice law in Washington, D.C., if he loses the case, similar to how he can’t practice in the state of New York over his election fraud claims.
The D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel, which regulates ethical misconduct for D.C. lawyers, charged Giuliani in June after he made claims to support a Trump campaign lawsuit that looked to overturn the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania, Axios’ Jacob Knutson writes.
Giuliani was suspended from practicing law in New York in June 2021 for making false statements about the 2020 election, Axios’ Zachary Basu writes.
Here’s a partial list of Giuliani’s witness list.
Jenna Ellis is a Big Lie lawyer with ethics complaints in regard to 2020 election litigation.
Doug Mastriano, the Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, says President Biden is illegitimate president, wants to decertify Dominion voting machines, asserted that Vice President Mike Pence should not accept Electoral College tallies, COVID-19 is a “government sponsored virus” and “vaccines kill and cause autism.” QAnon … A true Nutter’s nut.
Peter Navarro indicted on contempt charges after defying a subpoena from Jan 6 committee. Green Bay Sweep guy.🙄
Corey Lewandowski, just took a plea deal to resolve allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances to a GOP donor at a Las Vegas event.
Christina Bobb, Trump lawyer who signed a letter certifying that all sensitive records in former President Donald Trump’s possession had been returned to the government. Former OAN reporter, Big Lie believer.
Pam Bondi says “I think he (Trump) will be an excellent role model.” Florida’s former AG, accepted a $25,000 campaign donation from Trump’s “charitable” foundation and then decided not to investigate fraudulent Trump University.
Bernard Kerik, former NY Police Commissioner, pleaded guilty to two counts of tax fraud, one count of making a false statement on a loan application and five counts of making false statements to the feds, pardoned by Trump.