Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, speaks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 7, 2020.

Eduardo Munoz | Reuters

A New York court suspended Rudy Giuliani from practicing law in New York State on Thursday for making “false and misleading statements” about his client Donald Trump’s defeat.

The suspension is a heavy blow to Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who previously served as senior Justice Department officer and US attorney in Manhattan.

Giuliani and Trump have been making false claims about the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s election since last November, claiming that only widespread electoral fraud in major swing states cheated Trump of victory.

Giuliani’s suspension, effective immediately and the day before his 52nd anniversary as a licensed attorney in New York, was requested by the Attorney Grievance Committee for the First Judicial Department, which includes Manhattan.

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