Giuliani Isn't In Prison Yet

There's a famous TV producer named Howie Klein and, as it turns out, we like going to the same restaurants. The other day I went to one and the owner sent me over a complementary bottle of champagne. When I was still in the biz, it actually could have been meant for me; I know this wasn't though and explained that I don't drink alcohol. He sent over some sparkling water instead. Still, someone else just gave me a storied bottle of Krug Brut Vintage 1985 champagne for Father's Day. A waste but I've decided to open it-- for friends to drink-- when the first of the major Trump regime criminals enters his or her prison cell.

That may still be a long time but we saw a step in the right direction this morning when a New York appellate court suspended Giuliani’s law license after a disciplinary panel found that he made "demonstrably false and misleading" statements about the election while acting as Trump's personal lawyer. The Court determined that Giuliani's conduct threatened "the public interest and warrants interim suspension from the practice of law... 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... We conclude that there is uncontroverted evidence that respondent 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 and the Trump campaign in connection with Trump’s failed effort at re-election in 2020."

It was Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Mondaire Jones (D-CA) who kicked this off in January by urging the New York Bar to disbar him. This morning, Jones noted that "Giuliani is a disgrace to the legal profession. The legal profession cannot tolerate sedition in its ranks if it hopes to maintain the faith of the American people, which is why I called for Giuliani to be disbarred just days after he helped incite the violent insurrection at the Capitol. I’m glad the bar has heeded my calls and suspended his law license. For the safety of New Yorkers, Americans, and our democracy, he must never be allowed to practice law again."

Although it was widely expected, this morning Pelosi finally announced that she will establish a select House committee to get to the bottom of the 1/6 Trump coup attempt and insurrection. "A select committee," wrote Nick Wu and Sarah Ferris, "allows Democrats to combine existing investigations but risks being perceived as partisan. Democrats heavily criticized Republicans’ select committee to investigate the 2012 attacks in the Libyan city of Benghazi, for example. Pelosi did not announce who would lead the commission, adding: 'I will make those announcements later.' The Congressional Black Caucus had been pushing for Homeland Security Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) to lead the panel, though his lawsuit alleging former President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and right-wing groups incited the Jan. 6 riot could complicate the investigation if he took charge."

The Washington Post reported this afternoon that "Republican lawmakers who voted against the creation of an independent commission openly worried that its product might negatively affect the GOP in the 2022 midterm election cycle. But the commission would have had a deadline of the end of this year to produce a report; it is far from certain that a select committee would have to function on as tight a timeline. Pelosi said the committee's timeline "will be as long as it takes for them-- the time they need to do the investigation of the causes of this... There are two actual paths. One is about the root causes of it-- the white supremacy, the antisemitism, the Islamophobia, all the rest of it that was so evident… The other is the security of the Capitol and what it means to be ready for such an insurrection... I don’t think anybody would have foreseen an insurrection incited by the president of the United States."