Rhode Island school revokes honorary degrees for Giuliani, Flynn

Source: The Hill | January 21, 2022 | Caroline Vakil

A Rhode Island university announced on Friday that it would be revoking honorary degrees given to Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor turned personal lawyer for President Trump, and Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser.

The University of Rhode Island Board of Trustees said that they were revoking the honorary degrees given to Giuliani and Flynn following a review by the Honorary Degree Committee.

The committee cited Giuliani’s participation at the Jan. 6 rally that precipitated the attack by a mob of Trump supporters at the Capitol, saying he “encouraged domestic terrorist behavior aimed at preventing Congress from certifying the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.”

The committee also noted that Giuliani’s law license was suspended in Washington, D.C., and New York state because of baseless claims he made about widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election. 

The committee added that “the courts have determined that there is evidence that Mayor Giuliani has made false and misleading statements in representing President Trump and the Trump campaign in connection with Trump’s failed reelection efforts.

As a result, Giuliani’s Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa he received in 2003 was revoked.

Flynn’s Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters was given in 2014. 

The committee cited comments Flynn made in June 2021 suggesting the need for a military coup in revoking his degree. The committee also cited that he twice pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to the FBI.


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