Rudy Giuliani made it to Georgia to appear before a grand jury at the Fulton County Courthouse after all, despite the claimed “medical procedure” that he had tried to use as an excuse to postpone his testimony.
— Madeline Montgomery (@MadelineTV) August 17, 2022
Giuliani was subpoenaed by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who has been investigating the attempts by Donald Trump and his allies to claim victory in Georgia and steal the state’s electoral votes in the 2020 presidential contest after Trump’s infamous call to Georgia GOP Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger seeking “to find 11,780 votes.”
As Trump’s attorney at the time — when Giuliani still had his New York and Washington D.C. law licenses — the former New York Mayor has been accused of making multiple false statements alleging voter fraud in the state in his own efforts to seek a reversal of the legitimate results showing a Joe Biden victory.
It’s no wonder that District Attorney Willis was so intent on ensuring that Rudy testified before her special grand jury, something that he did for six hours today.
With grand jury secrecy regulations in place, the content of Giuliani’s testimony today is still unknown to anyone outside of the grand jury room at the Fulton County Courthouse.
Whether Giuliani pleaded his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination at every question except what his name is — as Donald Trump reportedly did at his deposition for New York Attorney General Letitia James last week in the civil suit against the Trump Organization — or actually delivered any substantial answers to the multitude of questions proffered is still unknown.
Unlike his very public entrance, when Giuliani exited the courthouse after the lengthy session he did so through a secure underground parking lot in a vehicle with tinted windows.
His lawyer Bill Thomas declined to comment on the grand jury appearance outside of saying:
“I can tell you that we were ordered to be here, we showed up, we did what we had to do. The grand jury process is a secret process and we’re going to respect that.”
Here's what one of Giuliani's attorneys, Bill Thomas, told reporters as he left the courthouse: "I can tell you that we were ordered to be here, we showed up, we did what we had to do. The grand jury process is a secret process and we're going to respect that." h/t @JoeHenke
— Tamar Hallerman (@TamarHallerman) August 17, 2022
With District Attorney Willis having informed Giuliani’s lawyers that their client was a “target” of her criminal investigation, many are waiting for a notification that he has been indicted for his involvement in the democracy-defying scheme.
It appears as if we will have to wait a little bit longer.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.