Rudy Giuliani, ex-attorney for former President Donald Trump, has dismissed an investigation into an alleged illegal attempt to overturn the result of Georgia’s 2020 presidential election as “desecration of the Sixth Amendment.”
A special grand jury in Georgia’s Fulton County is investigating allegations that Trump and his allies attempted to illegally overturn President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory. That’s what Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, said The New York Times on Monday that he was briefed that his client is a target of the Georgia probe, which the former New York City GOP mayor himself later confirmed on WABC radio The Rudy Giuliani Show.
During an interview on Newsmax’s Spicer & Co. On the same day, Giuliani said his post-election activities in Georgia would be investigated as part of investigations into violations of the US Constitution’s Sixth Amendment, which deals with the rights of criminal defendants. Giuliani argued that Trump was being unfairly targeted for trying to overturn the election result and that prosecutors in the Georgia probe were “not Americans.”
“This is just another desecration of the Sixth Amendment,” Giuliani said. “I was his registered attorney in this case. The statements I made are either attorney-client because they would lie between me and him, or were made on his behalf to defend them. When you start, when you turn lawyers into defendants, when they start defending their clients, we start living in a fascist state.”
“The only client in America whose legal offices are searched is Donald Trump,” he added. “These people are not lawyers. You are not American. They live by a different rule… Donald Trump has no rights. He has no rights to privacy. He has no rights.”
Giuliani is scheduled to testify before the Atlanta grand jury on Wednesday. A federal judge on Monday ordered Giuliani to testify in person after unsuccessfully attempting to allow him to testify remotely instead. Costello told Reuters Giuliani will refuse to answer questions about Trump, which he believes would violate attorney-client privilege.
In a statement to news weekCostello said that Giuliani’s reference to the Sixth Amendment “refers to the statement filed in court in New York that they wished to speak to Giuliani about his discussions with his client, President Trump,” adding that “they should have known that these communications are protected by attorney-client privilege and that privilege belongs to President Trump and not Giuliani.”
However, Giuliani’s reference to the Sixth Amendment was apparently made in clear reference to the Georgia investigation, with the comment being made directly after being asked if he was “a target in the investigation into the 2020 Georgia presidential election.”
Other Trump allies subpoenaed to testify in the Georgia probe are attorneys Jenna Ellis, John Eastman, Cleta Mitchell and South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham.
On Monday, a judge also ordered Graham to testify before the grand jury. Graham reportedly said he would appeal the decision, arguing that election-related phone calls he had with Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger were being conducted as official Senate affairs and were therefore legally protected.
The investigation began after Trump’s phone call with Raffensperger in January 2021. A recording of the call can be heard Trump urging the state’s top election official to “find” him enough votes to overturn Biden’s victory.
Update 8/15/22 8:01 PM ET: This article has been updated with additional information and background.
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