Rudy Giuliani will appear in court in Atlanta to testify before a special grand jury investigating attempts byDonald Trump former presidents . Overturn Georgia's 2020 election loss. is unknown. Because the special grand jury procedure is confidential, the hearing will be conducted behind closed doors on Wednesday.
But Giuliani's appearance is another high-profile step in a rapidly escalating investigation that has pitted several Trump supporters against Democrat Joe Biden's 2020 election campaign. brought increased scrutiny to the desperate and ultimately unsuccessful effort to overturn the victory in This is his one of several investigations into Trump's behavior during his tenure as he lays the groundwork for his 2024 run for the White House again.
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Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis announced on Jan. 2, 2021 that Trump and Georgia's Brad Ravensperger A surprising phone call with the Secretary of State. In a phone call, Trump suggested Raffensperger could "find out" the exact number of votes needed to overturn the election results in Georgia.
Trump denies wrongdoing. . He described the phone as "perfect."
Willis filed a petition last month to compel testimony from seven Trump associates and advisers. She also says she is considering calling Trump himself to testify, and the former president has hired a team of attorneys in Atlanta that includes a prominent criminal defense attorney. Willis said he was Trump's personal attorney and the lead attorney for the 2020 campaign.
She said in a petition that Giuliani and others In late 2020, when he recalled how he attended a meeting of a state Senate committee, he presented a video of Giuliani saying, outside the field of view of election vote watchers, that he had been accused of illegal activities from an unknown source. Showed election officials creating a “suitcase” of ballots.
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Fraud allegations in Georgia It was exposed within 24 hours by election officials. But Giuliani continued to make public statements, alleging widespread election fraud using the debunked video in subsequent legislative hearings, Willis noted in her filings.
Two election officials pictured in the video, Ruby Freeman and Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, followed the December 3 screening of the video in Georgia, both online and in person. He said he faced harassment. Legislative hearings in which Giuliani appeared. At another hearing a week later, Mr Giuliani said the women were seen "secretly walking past USB ports as if they were vials of heroin or cocaine". They were actually handing out candy.
Willis stated that Giuliani's attendance and testimony at the hearings was "influenced by the Trump campaign's multi-state coordination plan to influence the outcome of the November 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere." part,” he wrote in the documents filed with the court.
Willis also said in a petition seeking testimony from his Chesebro attorney, Kenneth, that he collaborated with Giuliani, a Georgia Republican as an imposter, and arranged and carried out the plan. Elector. These 16 people falsely declared that Trump had won his 2020 presidential election, and even though Biden won the state and the Democratic electoral rolls were certified, the state's "rightfully I have signed a certificate declaring myself to be an elected and qualified elector.
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Giuliani's attorney tried to delay 's appearance at a special grand jury. Stent surgery in early July.
But Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who is overseeing the special grand jury, said at a hearing last week that Giuliani would need to be in Atlanta on Wednesday, and if needed He said he could travel by bus, car or train.
Other Trump allies are also involved in the investigation. South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham received a subpoena ordering her to appear to testify on August 23. A judge on Monday dismissed the claim, saying he must testify. Graham said he would appeal.
Willis indicated interest in a call between Graham and Raffensberger regarding results in Georgia in the weeks after the election .
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