Rudy Giuliani spent nearly six hours in an Atlanta court Wednesday before a special grand jury investigating meddling in the 2020 election.
Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, declined to say whether former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer exercised his right against self-incrimination after being named by Fulton County prosecutors as a target of the investigation.
“It was cordial,” Costello said.
As Giuliani’s tenure ended, it became public knowledge that Republican Governor Brian Kemp had been subpoenaed in the same investigation. His attorneys are trying to overturn that court order.
Earlier this week, Georgia prosecutors informed Giuliani’s lawyers that the former New York mayor is now the target of a widening investigation led by Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis.
Costello said his client would decline to answer questions about any conversations with Trump. Given his status as a target, it was not immediately clear whether Giuliani had changed that plan.
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Georgia Gov. Kemp seeks to quash Fulton County subpoena
Attorneys for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp are seeking to quash a subpoena for the Republican’s testimony before a Fulton County grand jury, insisting he is being pursued for “improper political purposes.”
In a local court appearance as another high-profile witness, Rudy Giuliani, concluded an hour-long session with the special grand jury investigating interference in the 2020 election, Kemp’s attorneys asserted that local prosecutors “engineered the governor’s interactions with the investigation to reach a crescendo in the middle of an election cycle.” for.”
Kemp’s attorneys argued the governor had agreed to a “voluntary” interview on July 25 but claimed the interview was canceled and a subpoena issued after Kemp’s lawyers asked about the scope of the interview.
Lawyers say ‘no’ to defend Trump: report
Since the Aug. 8 search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, Trump and his allies have scrambled to assemble a team of top defense lawyers — but they’re being told “no,” The Washington Post reported.
“Everybody’s saying no,” a prominent Republican lawyer told the Post, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The Justice Department is investigating Trump under the Espionage Act, records mishandling and obstruction laws, according to a warrant authorizing the search of Mar-a-Lago.
Trump spokesman Taylor Budovich told USA Today that his lead legal counsel on the home search are Jim Trusty and Evan Corcoran, the pair who have litigated “some of the most complex cases in American history.”
“President Trump is represented by the most powerful lawyers in the country, and any suggestion otherwise is driven only by jealousy,” Budovich said.
– Ella Lee, David Jackson
Pence said he would ‘consider’ testifying before the committee on January 6 if asked.
Former Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that he would consider testifying before a House committee Jan. 6 if asked –– his most direct and extensive comments on the issue.
“If there is an invitation to participate, I will consider it,” Pence said at the New Hampshire event, which was broadcast on NBC News.
The former vice president expressed constitutional concerns about testifying before the committee, noting that calling a vice president to testify before Congress would be “unprecedented in history.”
However, this is not the first time a president or vice president has testified before a congressional committee. According to the US Senate website, at least six presidents and one vice president — Schuyler Colfax, President Ulysses S. Grant’s Vice President – testified before a congressional committee.
– Ella Lee
The Georgia investigation rattled Trump’s inner circle
Giuliani, Trump’s closest aide, is known to have been subpoenaed before a Fulton County grand jury.
And the testimony of others is pending.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, RS.C., a loyal Trump confidant, lost a bid earlier this week to quash a subpoena to appear before the panel after a federal judge rejected an argument that the lawmaker was shielded from scrutiny by legislative privilege. It happened
Graham, who is expected to appeal the decision, made at least two telephone calls to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Raffensperger’s staff in the weeks following the November 2020 election for additional testing of ballots.
Prosecutors have also indicated they are interested in whether Graham’s efforts were in any way coordinated with the Trump campaign.
Another Trump adviser, lawyer John Eastman, pushed the plan to assemble an alternative slate of electors to support Trump.
Eastman also advocated for then-Vice-President Mike Pence’s strategy of rejecting electors in seven states, including Georgia, when Congress met to certify the election.
What Rudy Giuliani had to say about the Georgia election
After the 2020 election, Giuliani made sweeping claims that voting systems had altered Georgia ballots, ignoring a hand-count audit that confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
Giuliani also emphasized that the state had about 65,000 underage voters, more than 2,500 felons and 800 dead people who voted. All of these claims were dismissed by the Georgia Secretary of State, which found no underage voters, only 74 potential criminal voters, and only two votes erroneously cast in the names of dead voters.
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According to court documents for Giuliani’s grand jury appearance, Fulton County authorities are subpoenaing the Trump lawyer’s Dec. 3, 2020, appearance before the Georgia State Senate where he offered to show a video recording of campaign workers at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta. “Suitcases” of illegal ballots from unknown sources, beyond the view of election poll observers.
Within 24 hours of the state Senate hearing, the video was discredited by the secretary of state’s office, concluding that “no voter fraud occurred.”
Attorneys for Giuliani, initially identified as a “material witness” in the investigation, said they were not informed their client’s condition had changed when they sought to delay his appearance last week for health reasons.