ATLANTA ( Associated Press) – A judge in New York has ordered Rudy Giuliani to appear next month in Atlanta before a special grand jury that is investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others have committed suicide in Georgia in 2020. Illegally tried to interfere in the general election.
New York Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber issued an order on July 13, directing Trump’s attorney and former New York City Mayor Giuliani to appear before a special grand jury on August 9 and proceed to any court-ordered court in Atlanta. Also on the other date, for documents filed in Fulton County Superior Court on Wednesday.
Giuliani’s lawyer did not immediately return a call and email seeking comment on Wednesday.
Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis began her investigation early last year, and a special grand jury with a power of summons was seated in May at her request. In a letter requesting the special grand jury, he said his team is considering “any coordinated attempt to illegally alter the outcome of the 2020 elections in this state”.
Earlier this month, she petitioned to compel seven Trump aides, including Giuliani and US Sen. Lindsey Graham, to testify before a special grand jury.
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Since they do not live in Georgia, they had to use a process that involves getting a judge in the state where they live to order them to appear.
Farber wrote in his order, Giuliani was called to appear in court in New York on July 13 to present any reason why he should not be issued a subpoena to testify in Atlanta, but that he failed to appear for the hearing.
In a court filing Wednesday, Willis informed the judge overseeing the special grand jury that Giuliani had been directed to appear before the special grand jury with Farber’s final order.
It is possible that Giuliani could file a motion in court in Atlanta to try to avoid testimony. Others who have been summoned have already filed challenges to avoid appearing before a special grand jury.
In the petition for Giuliani’s testimony, Willis identified him as both a personal advocate for Trump and a key advocate for his campaign.
She wrote that she and others presented the Georgia State Senate subcommittee with a video recording of election workers, in which Giuliani alleged that they collected “suitcases of illegal ballots from undisclosed sources outside the view of election watchers”. “Produced.
On December 3, 2020, within 24 hours of the hearing, Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger’s office had dismissed the video and said it had found that there had been no voter fraud at the site. Still, Giuliani continued to make statements to the public and at subsequent legislative hearings using that debunked video to claim widespread voter fraud, Willis wrote.
“There is evidence that (Giuliani’s) attendance and testimony at the hearing are part of a multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere,” the petition said. Was.”