Rudy Giuliani and his attorneys were left relatively speechless on Wednesday as they exited a Fulton County courthouse after a six-hour questioning before a special grand jury about Georgia’s 2020 election results.
Donald Trump’s former personal attorney was subpoenaed to testify during a Jan. 6 committee hearing, according to Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. That Constitution of the Atlanta Journal reported that the 23-member jury assembled in May questioned “dozens” of witnesses linked to Trump and associates allegedly trying to overturn the election numbers in Georgia.
“I can tell you we were ordered to be here, we showed up, we did what we had to do,” said Bill Thomas, Giuliani’s local attorney, said after the hearing. “The grand jury process is a secret process and we will respect that.”
The investigation began in February 2021 by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who along with other Georgia prosecutors has been investigating whether Trump’s request to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” 11,800 votes was unlawful. Biden eventually won the key swing state’s 16 electoral votes by a margin of about 0.23 percent.
Others besides the former New York City mayor who have been subpoenaed in connection with the 2020 election were Trump legal team members John Eastman, Kenneth Chesebro, Jenna Ellis and Cleta Mitchell, according to the Constitution of the Atlanta Journaland Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — who allegedly called on Raffensperger to discard legal ballots.
On Monday, Giuliani, who was recently sued by his ex-wife Judith over a $262,000 bounced check, appeared on Newsmax and called the Fulton County investigation a “violation of the Sixth Amendment.”
“I was [Trump’s] Lawyer in this case,” Giuliani said online Spicer and Co. Program. “The statements I have made are either attorney-client privileged because they would have come about between me and him, or they were made on his behalf to defend them. When you start turning lawyers into defendants, when they defend their clients, we start living in a fascist state.”
Another of Giuliani’s attorneys, Robert Costello, recounted news week that his client’s comment regarding the Sixth Amendment “refers to the statement filed in court in New York that they wish to speak to Giuliani about his discussions with his client, President Trump” — although Giuliani made the reference in response to a question as to whether He is “a target in investigating Georgia’s 2020 presidential election.”
Giuliani on Newsmax also referenced the FBI’s search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, saying the FBI agents involved in the search were “not lawyers” and “not Americans.”
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