NBC News reports that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) is now being forced to testify before a special grand jury that is investigating claims of election interference by former President Donald Trump and his associates during the 2020 presidential election.
This investigation is taking place in Georgia. There, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has convened a special grand jury to investigate any “coordinated attempts to unlawfully alter the outcome of the 2020 elections.”
Giuliani is among those whom Willis has subpoenaed to testify as a “material witness” before the grand jury.
Willis did so for several reasons including that Giuli was former President Trump’s personal attorney.
But, the main reason Willis subpoenaed Giuliani appears to be that, according to Willis, Giuliani made statements at legislative hearings in George claiming that “widespread voter fraud” took place in Georgia during the 2020 presidential election, statements that were part of a large effort to alter the outcome of that election.
The subpoena Willis sent to Giuliana reads, “there is evidence that [Giuliani’s] appearance and testimony at the hearing was part of a multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump Campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere.”
Willis wants Giuliani to testify about phone calls that he is said to have made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and members of Raffensperger’s staff regarding the outcome in Georgia of the 2020 presidential election.
Willis sent Giuliani this subpoena earlier this month. Giuliani had until July 13 to appear in court to challenge the subpoena, but he chose not to.
Accordingly, a New York judge has now ordered Giuliani to testify before the grand jury in accordance with the subpoena.
Giuliani is now scheduled to testify before Willis’s grand jury on August 9. But, it is possible, according to court documents, that Giuliani could be forced to testify on other dates as well.
Giuliani has yet to release a statement on the matter.
Giuliani is one of several individuals who have been subpoenaed by Willis. Others include members of Trump’s legal team, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), and more.