Giuliani ordered to testify in Georgia criminal investigation

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A Georgia judge has ordered Rudolph W. Giuliani to testify in Atlanta next month in an ongoing criminal investigation into election interference by former President Donald J. Trump and his aides and allies, according to reports. court documents released Wednesday.

Some out-of-state witnesses in the case went to court to challenge subpoenas or other legal documents intended to compel their testimony. But after Mr. Giuliani failed to show up for a hearing last week in Manhattan, where the case was to be decided, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert CI McBurney ordered him to appear before a large court. special jury in Atlanta on August 1. 9.

Mr. Giuliani, who led efforts to keep Mr. Trump in power as his personal lawyer, has become a central figure in Georgia’s criminal investigation into efforts to reverse Mr. Trump’s 2020 election defeat in the state. Fani T. Willis, the Fulton County prosecutor leading the investigation, said she is considering conspiracy or racketeering charges, which could involve a wide range of people engaged in multiple efforts to influence election results. .

Her office worked with the office of Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan district attorney, to obtain Mr. Giuliani’s testimony, and she said in a statement that she was “grateful to the prosecutors and investigators” in Mr. Giuliani’s office. Bragg for their help.

Mr. Giuliani’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A special grand jury meets regularly in Atlanta to hear testimony and review documents and videos that could shed light on the multi-pronged effort to put Georgia in Mr. Trump’s victory column. Among the acts under consideration is an infamous post-election phone call that Mr. Trump made to Brad Raffensperger, the Georgian secretary of state, asking him to “find” enough votes to secure his victory.

Mr. Giuliani appears to be of interest for a number of reasons, including his involvement in a scheme to create pro-Trump presidential voter lists in numerous states, including Georgia. In court documents filed this week, it was revealed that the 16 pro-Trump voters in Georgia had been told by the Fulton County District Attorney’s office that they could face charges.

Mr. Giuliani also appeared in person before two Georgia state legislative committees in December 2020, where he spent hours peddling false conspiracy theories about secret Democratic ballot suitcases and corrupt voting machines. . He told state lawmakers, “You can’t certify Georgia in good faith.”

Legal experts have said the Georgia investigation could prove particularly perilous for Mr Trump and his allies. Although the grand jury proceedings are secret, a number of details have emerged in recent days that hint at the scope of the investigation. Among the pro-Trump voters who learned they could be charged are David Shafer, the state’s Republican Party chairman, and state Sen. Burt Jones, the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor. Another Republican state senator, Brandon Beach, was also told he was a potential target.

Prosecutors are seeking testimony from Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a Trump ally who also called Mr. Raffensperger, and Representative Jody Hice, a far-right Georgian Republican who embraced false accounts of voter fraud in Georgia and who helped lead the efforts in Congress. to help keep Mr. Trump in power.

William K. Rashbaum and Jonah E. Bromwich contributed report.

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