Of all the legal cases that former President Donald Trump faces, what is happening in the state of Georgia forms the basis of the investigation into his attempts to change the election results. The Republican’s siege dragged on even longer after it became known that Rudolph Giuliani, who was his lawyer, is the defendant in a criminal case on charges of alleged involvement in the fraud attempt. This is the closest figure to Trump formally required in the process.
Giuliani was scheduled to appear before a special grand jury in an Atlanta court on Monday, after his attempts to avoid testifying last week were rejected by a state judge on the 9th. Giuliani justified his appearance by saying that two stents in early July and was unable to fly, to which Judge Robert S.I. McBurney replied, “You can come by train, bus, Uber or whatever.” Giuliani received a subpoena in May as grand jury hearings began. As his lawyers said later in the evening, he intends to testify this Wednesday.
The former New York mayor, who has spearheaded a push to keep Trump in office despite Joe Biden’s election victory, has in recent weeks become a central figure in an investigation launched by Fulton County District Attorney Fanny T. Willis that covers most of Atlanta. This summer, prosecutors questioned two of seven witnesses called before a grand jury about Giuliani’s statements in December 2020, when he spent hours spreading false theories about vote-rigging.
Of all those cited, Giuliani’s profile represents the biggest target due to his closeness to Trump and his public profile (his son Andrew was the Republican nominee in the New York gubernatorial primary). Also because, along the way, he turned from a witness into an object of investigation. In documents filed with the Georgia legislature in December 2020, the former mayor of New York claimed to have identified fraud involving two polling station employees. In support of his claims, Giuliani showed an edited video of Fulton County officials allegedly pulling suitcases of Democratic votes from under a table to continue the exchange. He also spread a hoax that the voting machines were rigged.
This was stated to the newspaper today by his lawyer Robert Costello. New York Times that his representative would probably not testify under the confidentiality clause because of his client Trump. The lawyer warned that prosecutors would be very “disappointed” if they expected Giuliani to detail his conversations with the Republican.
Prosecutor Willis has already taken a statement from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the main recipient of Trump’s calls to overturn the result, and Gov. Brian Kemp, who testified in late July. The acting president contacted both weeks after the election, urging them to get enough votes to turn the results in his favor. Gov. Kemp, who once refused to cheat to please his leader, won the Georgia primary against all odds, dealing a major blow to Trump, who encouraged a vicious campaign against him. Giuliani is the third heavyweight, and the other four witnesses are lawyers for the presidential team.
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The prosecution’s eighth witness, Senator Lindsay Graham, theoretically protected, tried to withdraw from the case, but his immunity did not convince a federal judge who on Monday referred him to a Georgia grand jury hearing in August. 23. Graham denies that he called Raffensperger a few weeks after the election, allegedly urging him to refuse mail-in ballots.
The special grand jury cannot bring charges or pass sentences, which is the task of prosecutors, but it can call witnesses on subpoena and order the delivery of documents related to the investigation.
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