Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been ordered to testify before a Georgia grand jury

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks to the media outside his apartment building after suspending his law license on June 24, 2021 in Manhattan, New York City.

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A New York judge ordered Rudy Giuliani to testify before August 9 Georgia Grand Jury It is gathering evidence for an investigation into the former president’s criminal interference in the state’s 2020 presidential election Donald TrumpCourt records show.

Giuliani, who was Trump’s personal attorney at the time, spearheaded the Republican president’s legal efforts to overturn election results in several swing states won by the president that year. Joe Biden. Georgia is one of those states.

Former New York City mayor and former federal prosecutor, Giuliani Seven Trump-friendly lawyers were part of a group subpoenaed in late June to testify before a special grand jury in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta.

The same grand jury also issued a subpoena to the Republican Party Sen. of South Carolina. Lindsay GrahamWHO It has taken action in an attempt to block that demand Another GOP lawmaker received a subpoena for his testimony. Rep. Jodi Hice.

In a court filing Wednesday in Atlanta, Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis wrote that the subpoena for Giuliani was submitted to a New York judge, reflecting that the attorney lives in Manhattan, not Georgia.

On July 11, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber issued an order directing Giuliani to appear in court there and present any argument why he should not comply with the subpoena.

Giuliani did not appear at that hearing. Farber issued a final order on July 13 requiring Giuliani to “appear and testify before a special purpose grand jury.” [in Fulton County] on August 9, 2022 and on such other dates as this court may order,” Willis wrote.

The district attorney added that Giuliani was served with that final order.

Willis told a Fulton County judge earlier this year that his investigation into Trump and his associates uncovered “information indicating a reasonable probability” that Georgia’s 2020 election was “subject to potential criminal interference.”

The district attorney said at the time that “individuals associated with these disturbances” had contacted the Georgia secretary of state, the state’s attorney general and the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta.

Jan. 2, 2021, Willis notes that Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger, the state’s top elections official. The call came four days before the U.S. Congress began meeting to certify Biden’s victory in the Electoral College, the body that chooses the winner of a presidential election.

In his call, Trump asked Raffensberger to “find” enough votes to overturn Biden’s victory in Georgia.

“Here’s what I want to do: I want to find 11,780 votes,” Trump called Raffensberger, which was recorded.

Giuliani’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis.

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