08/15/2022 – 20:43
By Joseph Ochs and Karen Freifeld
(Reuters) – Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who helped lead challenges to the 2020 election outcome, said on Monday in Georgia that he is the subject of a criminal investigation into Trump’s efforts and associates to sway the election. .
Giuliani is scheduled to testify Wednesday before a special grand jury in Fulton County, which includes Atlanta, after a judge ordered him served with a subpoena.
During his daily talk show on WABC radio in New York, Giuliani said without elaborating that the investigation was politically motivated and that Atlanta was “well known for corruption.”
The New York Times previously reported the case, citing Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello.
In an interview with Reuters, prosecutors argued that Costello was the target of the Giuliani investigation Monday afternoon. The attorney said Giuliani would refuse to answer any questions about Trump that would violate attorney-client privilege.
Giuliani stood before state lawmakers in December 2020, echoing Trump’s bogus conspiracy theories about stolen ballots and urging them not to certify Democratic President Joe Biden’s victory.
The Fulton County investigation began after a January 2021 recorded phone call in which Trump urged the state’s top elections official to “find” enough votes to change the outcome. The former president has repeatedly lied about winning Georgia and the 2020 presidential race.
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