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Giuliani testifies in Georgia criminal investigation into 2020 US election

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Maria Alejandra Cardona

ATLANTA — Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, testified Wednesday before a special grand jury in Atlanta, calling for an attempt by the former. US president and his allies testify in Georgia criminal investigation to overturn 2020 election results.

Giuliani, who led Trump's election challenge, spent more than six hours in a Fulton County courthouse after a judge ordered him to comply with a subpoena. His attorney, who declined to comment on his testimony, said he refuses to answer questions that violate attorney-client privileges.

78-year-old ex-New York The mayor appeared before Georgia legislators in December 2020, repeating Trump's false conspiracy theory about stolen ballots and urging them not to prove the victory of Democratic President Joe Biden. Republican Trump.

"It's a grand jury, and as far as I can remember, the grand jury is secret," Giuliani told CNN when asked to comment on his testimony upon arriving at the court. rice field. "They ask questions and we'll see."

Atlanta local media reported that Giuliani exited the courthouse through one of the side entrances to the building. rice field.

"We were ordered to come here, we showed up and did what we had to do," said Giuliani's attorney, Bill Thomas. “The special grand jury process is a confidential process, and we respect that process.”

Fulton County investigation taped January 2021 It began after Mr. Trump urged the state's top election officials in a phone call to "find" enough votes to change the outcome. The former president has falsely claimed to have won not only the 2020 presidential election but also Georgia. At the request of

County District Attorney Fanny Willis, a special grand jury was convened in his May.

Giuliani, a former U.S. counter-crime prosecutor, was among several Trump advisers and attorneys who received subpoenas from a grand jury last month, including South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham. . (Written by Rami Ayyub, edited by Ross Colvin, Howard Goller, Deepa Babington)