Rudy Giuliani has been notified that he is a target of the criminal investigation into the 2020 election in Fulton County, Georgia, according to one of his attorneys.
Giuliani, who served as former President Donald Trump’s private attorney, is due to testify later this week, a New York Times report added. He has previously been subpoenaed with other members of Trump’s inner circle, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and lawyers John Eastman and Jenna Ellis, for information on efforts to challenge the 2020 election in Georgia.
BREAKING: Rudy Giuliani has been told he is the target of Georgia’s criminal investigation into election interference. He is scheduled to testify in Atlanta later this week.
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A person considered a target in an investigation means that “everything that has been discovered in this investigation suggests that you may have committed a crime”. CBS News Legal correspondent Paula Reid said when defining the term “target.”
Giuliani, a former New York mayor, reacted to the news during an interview with John Catsimatidis on the Cats at the night show on WABC 770 AM. He pointed out that he was acting as Trump’s lawyer in Georgia and said, “I’m not backing down. Almighty God. All the other mayors in Atlanta are going to jail. I’m going to feel really at home. comfortable in this twisted place.”
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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis sent targeted letters to several Georgia Republicans in July, including Sen. Burt Jones (R-GA), Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer, and Sen. Brandon Beach (R-GA), according Yahoo News. Jones and Shafer were among Republicans who participated in a closed meeting at the state Capitol on Dec. 14, 2020, a source told the outlet.
A judge ordered Giuliani to appear before the Fulton County Special Grand Jury investigating possible crimes in the 2020 election on Wednesday, August 17. He was originally ordered to testify on August 9, but Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney gave him an extra week to appear in court after Giuliani’s lawyers argued that a recent medical operation had prevented him from flying to Georgia.
The subpoena against Giuliani cited his December 2020 appearance before a Georgia Senate panel in which he claimed video evidence proved voter fraud occurred at Georgia’s State Farm Arena. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office later “debunked” those claims, per the subpoena.
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Willis is investigating whether crimes were committed in Georgia in the aftermath of the 2020 election. The investigation began last year after an audio-played call in which then-President Trump pointed out to Raffensperger the need to “find” 11,780 votes, enough to undo his electoral defeat in Georgia. Trump dismissed the allegations of wrongdoing and upheld the call as “perfect”.