Giuliani “the target of a criminal investigation”

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Lawyers for Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney who helped lead challenges to the 2020 election results, have been told Giuliani is the target of a criminal investigation examining Trump’s attempts and of its allies to cancel the election, reported the New York Times. In Monday.

Giuliani was due to appear before a special grand jury investigating the case on Wednesday, after a judge ordered him to comply with a subpoena.

His attorney, Robert Costello, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Costello told The Times that prosecutors from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in Georgia, which is overseeing the investigation, informed him that Giuliani was a target, the newspaper reported.

Costello also said prosecutors were “delusional” if they expected Giuliani to talk about conversations with Trump, the Times reported, suggesting that Giuliani might be asserting attorney-client privilege and refusing to answer questions. questions about his private dealings with Trump.

Giuliani appeared before state lawmakers in December 2020, echoing false conspiracy theories about stolen ballots and urging them not to certify Democratic President Joe Biden’s victory.

The Fulton County criminal investigation, one of many into Trump’s attempt to invalidate the 2020 election, has ensnared several members of Trump’s inner circle of advisers.

Trump falsely claimed he had won Georgia, a battleground state that was key to Biden’s victory. In a recorded phone call in January 2021, Trump urged the state’s top election official to “find” enough votes to change the result.

Also on Monday, a federal judge ruled that U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally, should testify before the grand jury about phone calls he made to the same official, Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

In a statement, Graham said he would appeal the decision. (Reuters)

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