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Rudy Giuliani and Michael Flynn will have their honorary college degrees revoked | Rudy Giuliani


The University of Rhode Island is revoking the honorary degrees given to Rudy Giuliani and Michael Flynn, key allies of Donald Trump in his bid to nullify the 2020 election.

URI’s board of trustees voted unanimously Friday to revoke the titles, which were awarded to Giuliani in 2003 and Flynn in 2014.

Giuliani’s juris doctorate was awarded for his leadership as mayor of New York City after the 9/11 attacks. reported the Providence Journal.

Flynn, a retired general and former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency who graduated from URI in 1981, received a doctorate in humane letters.

The employers voted on the recommendation of the president of the URI, Marc Parlange, who saying the two men “no longer represent the highest level of our values ​​and standards that were evident when we first awarded the title.”

Giuliani has acted as Trump’s attorney, work that led to the suspension of his New York and Washington DC attorney’s licenses.

Giuliani, a leader in legal attempts to overturn election results in key states, spoke at a rally near the White House on January 6, urging “trial by combat”.

Parlange said Giuliani “encouraged domestic terrorist behavior aimed at preventing Congress from certifying the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.”

Seven people he died around the taking of the United States Capitol. Trump was charged but acquitted. More than 700 people have been charged. Eleven members of a far-right militia have been charged with sedition.

This week, Giuliani was among Trump allies who were subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the attack. Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has pleaded not guilty to one count of contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate. Trump’s latest chief of staff, Mark Meadows, could face the same charge. Top Republicans in Congress have also refused to cooperate.

On Friday, the Washington Post reported that a judge turned over to prosecutors more than 3,000 of Giuliani’s communications, in an investigation of the work in Ukraine that contributed to Trump’s first impeachment trial, for seeking dirt on rivals including Joe Biden.

Flynn, who was fired from the Defense Intelligence Agency by Barack Obama, became Trump’s national security adviser before being fired for lying to the FBI about contacts with Russian officials.

He pleaded guilty but was pardoned by Trump. A leading figure on the far right, he has advocated an army knock and the establishment of Christianity as the state religion.

Flynn has been implicated in aspects of Trump’s bid to stay in power, including plans to seize voting machines, the subject of a draft executive order revealed Friday by Politico. He has resisted a January 6 committee subpoena.

Also on Friday, The Guardian reported that law enforcement agencies learned of an alleged plan by “Flynn allies” to “gather ‘intelligence’ on top Republicans,” to force them to back election audits in key states.

In recommending revocation of the honorary degrees, Parlange said, “As a civic institution, URI has the privilege and responsibility to uphold and preserve American democracy by ensuring and modeling good citizenship. Revoking these honorary titles reinforces our values ​​and allows us to lead with truth and integrity.”

URI Trustees Chair Margo Cook said the board “supports the university and its mission to uphold its values, especially its commitment to intellectual and ethical leadership and fostering an environment of diversity and respect.”


www.theguardian.com

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