Rudy Giuliani is a target of the criminal investigation into possible illegal attempts by former US President Donald Trump and others to interfere in the 2020 Georgia general election.
rosecutors told the former New York mayor’s attorneys Monday that he was the focus of the investigation.
The revelation that Mr Giuliani, an outspoken defender of Mr Trump, could face criminal charges over the investigation by Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis brings the probe closer to the former president.
Ms Willis has said she is considering calling Mr Trump himself to testify before the special jury and the former president has hired a criminal lawyer in Atlanta.
Last week, the FBI searched Mr Trump’s Florida home as part of its investigation into whether he brought classified White House records to his Mar-a-Lago estate.
He also faces a civil investigation in New York over allegations that his company, the Trump Organization, misled banks and tax authorities about the value of his assets.
And the Justice Department is investigating the Jan. 6 riot by Trump supporters in the US Capitol and efforts by him and his allies to overturn the election he falsely claimed was stolen.
Mr. Giuliani, who made false allegations of voter fraud in Atlanta’s Fulton County while directing campaign efforts in Georgia, is scheduled to testify Wednesday before a special grand jury appointed at Ms. Willis’ request.
Mr Giuliani’s lawyer declined to say whether he would answer questions or decline.
Special Prosecutor Nathan Wade alerted Mr. Giuliani’s team in Atlanta that he was an investigation target, the former mayor’s attorney Robert Costello said Monday. News of the revelation was first reported by the New York Times.
Speaking on a New York radio show Monday, Mr Giuliani said he served as Mr Trump’s attorney in Georgia.
“If you do that to a lawyer, we don’t have America anymore,” he said.
Earlier Monday, a federal judge said US Senator Lindsey Graham must testify before the special jury. Prosecutors have said they want to ask Mr Graham about phone calls he allegedly made with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his associates in the weeks following the election.
Ms Willis’ investigation was spurred by a phone call between Mr Trump and Mr Raffensperger. During that January 2021 call, Mr. Trump suggested that Mr. Raffensperger should “find” the votes needed to reverse his narrow loss in the state.
Ms Willis last month filed petitions to compel testimony from seven Trump employees and advisers.
In searching for Mr Giuliani’s testimony, Ms Willis identified him as both personal counsel for Mr Trump and lead counsel for his campaign. She wrote that he and others appeared at a Senate state committee meeting and presented a video that Mr. Giuliani said showed poll workers making “cases” of illegal ballots from unknown sources, out of sight of election observers.
Within 24 hours of that hearing on December 3, 2020, Mr. Raffensperger’s office had debunked the video. However, Mr Giuliani continued to make statements to the public and in subsequent hearings on lawmakers claimed that he had used the debunked video to allege widespread voter fraud, Ms Willis wrote.
Evidence shows that Mr. Giuliani’s appearance and testimony “were part of a multi-state coordinated Trump campaign plot to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere,” their petition reads.
Mr Trump has denied any wrongdoing and called his call to Mr Raffensperger “perfect”.
https://www.independent.ie/news/rudy-giuliani-targeted-in-criminal-probe-of-2020-georgia-election-41914573.html Rudy Giuliani targeted in criminal investigation into Georgia 2020 election