Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, declined to comment on whether former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney invoked his right to self-incrimination after he was named by Fulton County prosecutors as a target of the ‘investigation.
“It was cordial,” Costello said.
By the end of Giuliani’s session, it became public knowledge that Republican Gov. Brian Kemp had been subpoenaed in the same investigation. His lawyers are trying to have this court order overturned.
Earlier this week, Georgia prosecutors informed Giuliani’s attorneys that the former mayor of New York is now a target of the release investigation, led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
Costello had said his client would refuse to answer questions about any conversations with Trump. Given his target status, it wasn’t immediately clear if that plan had changed for Giuliani.
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Lawyers for Georgia Governor Brian Kemp are seeking to overturn a subpoena for the Republican’s testimony before the Fulton County grand jury, saying he was being prosecuted for “an improper political purpose.”
In a local court filing made public as another high profile witness, Rudy Giuliani had completed an hour-long session with the special grand jury investigating interference in the 2020 election, Kemp’s attorneys claimed that local prosecutors “arranged the governor’s interaction with the investigation.” to reach a crescendo in the middle of an election cycle.
Kemp’s lawyers argued the governor agreed to a ‘voluntary’ interview on July 25, but claimed the interview was canceled and a subpoena issued after Kemp’s lawyers inquired on the scope of the interview.
Since the Aug. 8 search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, Trump and his allies have been scrambling to assemble a top-notch team of defense attorneys — but they keep being told ” Nope “. reported the Washington Post.
“Everyone is saying no,” a prominent Republican lawyer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Post.
The Justice Department is investigating Trump under laws related to the Espionage Act, mishandling of records and obstruction, according to a warrant authorizing the search of Mar-a-Lago.
Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told USA TODAY that the primary legal adviser regarding the search of his home was loyal jim and Evan Corcoranclaiming the couple have litigated “some of the most complex cases in American history”.
“President Trump is represented by some of the most powerful lawyers in the land, and any suggestion to the contrary is only driven by envy,” Budowich said.
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Former Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that he consider testifying before the House committee on January 6 if asked to do so –– some of his most direct and extensive remarks on the subject.
“If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it,” Pence said at an event in New Hampshire that was broadcast on NBC News.
The former vice president expressed constitutional concerns about testifying before the committee, noting that it would be “unprecedented in history” for a vice president to be called to testify before Congress.
However, it wouldn’t be the first time a president or vice president has testified before a congressional committee. At least six presidents and one vice president—Schuyler Colfax, vice president to President Ulysses S. Grant—have testified before congressional committeesaccording to the US Senate website.
Giuliani is Trump’s closest associate known to have been called before the Fulton County grand jury.
And testimonial requests from others are pending.
Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., a staunch Trump confidante, lost a bid earlier this week to quash a subpoena before the committee when a federal judge rejected an argument that the legislature was shielded from scrutiny by legislative privilege.
Graham, who is expected to appeal the decision, made at least two phone calls to Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Raffensperger staffers in the weeks following the November 2020 election, asking for further scrutiny of the ballots. of voting.
Prosecutors also said they wanted to know if Graham’s efforts were coordinated in any way with the Trump campaign.
Another Trump adviser, attorney John Eastman, pushed the plan to assemble other voter lists to support Trump.
Eastman also advocated the strategy of having then-Vice President Mike Pence reject voters in seven states, including Georgia, when Congress met to certify the election.
After the 2020 election, Giuliani made sweeping claims that voting systems were tampering with ballots in Georgia, while ignoring a hand count audit that confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory in the state.
Giuliani also claimed that about 65,000 underage voters, more than 2,500 felons and 800 dead people voted in the state. All of these claims were debunked by Georgia’s secretary of state, who found no underage voters, only 74 potential criminal voters and only two votes that may have been miscast on behalf of deceased voters.
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According to court documents requesting Giuliani’s grand jury appearance, Fulton County authorities point to Trump’s attorney’s Dec. 3, 2020, appearance before the Georgia State Senate in which he offered a video recording election workers at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, claiming to show “suitcases” of illegal ballots from unknown sources, out of sight of election observers.
Within 24 hours of the state Senate hearing, the video had been discredited by the Secretary of State’s office, concluding that “no voter fraud of any kind had taken place.”
Lawyers for Giuliani, initially labeled a ‘material witness’ in the inquest, said they were not told their client’s status had changed when they sought to delay his appearance last week for alleged charges. health reasons.