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Rudy Giuliani said he received a “warm” welcome when he testified before a Georgia grand jury investigating attempts to overthrow the 2020 election.
The 78-year-old former attorney for Donald Trump has been at the forefront of Trump’s efforts to invalidate the election, with Georgia — a swing state narrowly won by Joe Biden — being vital.
Giuliani testified before a grand jury at the Fulton County courthouse in Atlanta on Wednesday, speaking for the first time about his experience on Sunday.
“I was treated professionally by the Atlanta District Attorney’s office in Fulton County,” he told billionaire New York businessman and radio host John Catsimatidis. “The DA came out and shook my hand at the end.”
Rudy Giuliani is seen arriving at the Fulton County courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday to testify before a grand jury
Giuliani, who was seen at the Atlanta courthouse on Wednesday, did not discuss his testimony as he left, but said Sunday it was “cordial”
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has been investigating election meddling in her state since February 2021
Giuliani to speak with radio host John Catsimatidis in September 2021
Fani Willis, the prosecutor, launched a criminal investigation into election meddling in February 2021.
Giuliani said he was impressed by their courtesy. “The grand jury foreman shook my hand.
“And they thanked me for my service to the country, despite having a question. It is the first time in five years that someone is cordial in this research.’
Prosecutors are demanding that two other attorneys from the Trump team, Jenna Ellis and John Eastman, also appear before the special grand jury.
At least 17 other people have already been identified as targets for indictment in the investigation, including two state senators and the head of the Republican state party.
Giuliani was greeted by a swarm of reporters as he arrived at the Fulton County courthouse to testify before a grand jury as prosecutors investigate Trump’s attempts to reverse the election
Giuliani steps out of a limousine before entering the courthouse. He had tried to delay his testimony, citing a doctor’s advice not to fly
On Monday, his attorney, Robert Costello, told The New York Times that prosecutors told him his client was the target of the investigation.
Giuliani was surrounded by reporters and photographers as he stepped out of a limousine with Costello on Wednesday morning. He gave no hint on Wednesday about how the testimony had gone.
In seeking Giuliani’s testimony, Willis noted that he was both a personal attorney for Trump and a lead attorney for his 2020 campaign.
She recalled in a petition how Giuliani and others appeared at a meeting of the state’s Senate committee in late 2020 and presented a video that Giuliani said showed election workers producing “suitcases” of illegitimate ballots from unknown sources, out of view of election monitors.
The allegations of fraud were debunked by Georgian election officials within 24 hours.
Still, Giuliani continued to make statements to the public and in subsequent legislative hearings alleging widespread electoral fraud using the debunked video, Willis noted in her file.
Two of the election officials featured in the video, Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, said they faced relentless harassment online and in person after it was exposed during the December 3 legislative hearing in Georgia in which Giuliani appeared.
At another hearing a week later, Giuliani said the footage showed the women “sneaking past USB ports as if they were vials of heroin or cocaine.”
They actually passed a candy.
The Fulton County investigation began after the release of a recording of former President Donald Trump asking Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” 11,780 votes
Willis wrote in the lawsuit that Giuliani’s hearing and testimony “were part of a coordinated multi-state Trump campaign plan to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.”
Giuliani had fought prosecutors’ attempts to have him appear before a special grand jury.
Earlier this month, another Giuliani lawyer had tried to delay his appearance, citing a doctor’s note that he was not allowed to fly due to a recent medical procedure.
Willis’s office responded that Giuliani had recently “purchased multiple cash-based airfares, including tickets to Rome, Italy and Zurich, Switzerland,” and tweeted in recent months while traveling to New Hampshire.
Giuliani told reporters prior to his appearance that he would not talk about his upcoming testimony.
“Grand juries, as I recall, are secret,” he said outside the courthouse.
“They’re asking the questions and we’ll see.”
The interrogation took place behind closed doors because the special grand jury procedures are secret.
US District Judge Leigh Martin May ruled Monday that Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina must testify in the investigation.
Giuliani’s appearance is another striking step in a rapidly escalating investigation that has ensnared several Trump allies and scrutinized desperate and ultimately failed attempts to undo the election.
It is one of several investigations into Trump’s actions during his tenure as he lays the groundwork for another run at the White House in 2024.