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Rudy Giuliani withdraws in last minute from Friday’s interview with Jan. 6 committee after he is told he can not videotape his testimony

  • Giuliani was scheduled to appear before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection on Friday
  • But the 77-yar-old backed out last minute when the committee did not agree to his last minute request to let him videotape his interview 
  • ‘Today, he informed committee investigators that he wouldn´t show up unless he was permitted to record the interview, which was never an agreed-upon condition,’ Committee spokesman Tim Mulvey said in a statement on Thursday 
  • Giuliani’s attorney Robert Costello told CNN that even though Friday’s meeting is off, talks between the two sides continue
  • In January the committee issued subpoenas to Giuliani and other members of Trump’s legal team who filed bogus legal challenges to the 2020 election 

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has pulled out a day before a scheduled interview with the January 6 committee after he was told he could not videotape his testimony.

Giuliani, who served as former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and led court efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election was scheduled to appear on Friday before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riot.

But the 77-year-old backed out last minute when the committee did not agree to his last-minute request to let him videotape his interview. 

Rudy Giuliani, (pictured) former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, withdrew from an interview before the January 6 House committee last minute

Rudy Giuliani, (pictured) former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, withdrew from an interview before the January 6 House committee last minute

Giuliani, was scheduled to appear before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection on Friday

Giuliani, was scheduled to appear before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection on Friday

‘Mr. Giuliani had agreed to participate in a transcribed interview with the Select Committee. Today, he informed committee investigators that he wouldn´t show up unless he was permitted to record the interview, which was never an agreed-upon condition,’ Committee spokesman Tim Mulvey said in a statement on Thursday. 

Mulvey added that the committee is determined to speak with Giuliani and will consider all options.

‘Mr. Giuliani is an important witness to the conspiracy to overthrow the government and he remains under subpoena,’ he said. ‘If he refuses to comply the committee will consider all enforcement options.’ 

Giuliani’s attorney Robert Costello told CNN that even though Friday’s meeting is off, talks between the two sides continue.

In January the committee issued subpoenas to Giuliani and other members of Trump’s legal team who filed bogus legal challenges to the 2020 election that fueled the lie that race had been stolen from the former president.

Giuliani reiterated false claims of election fraud at the January 6 rally and called for 'trial by combat' for those stopping the overturn of the election

Giuliani reiterated false claims of election fraud at the January 6 rally and called for ‘trial by combat’ for those stopping the overturn of the election

Giuliani will be the latest member of Trump's (right) inner circle to testify before the committee

Giuliani will be the latest member of Trump’s (right) inner circle to testify before the committee

Giuliani was set to be the latest member of Trump’s inner circle to speak with the committee after daughter Ivanka Trump spoke with the committee for nearly eight hours on April 5.

Her husband, Jared Kushner, met with the committee beforehand, and Donald Trump Jr. is also expected to testify before the lawmakers in the coming weeks.

Giuliani had raised concerns in the moments leading up to the Capitol riot where he spoke to Trump supporters and reiterated his false claims that the election was stolen and that the opposition should be exposed to ‘trial by combat.’

‘If we’re wrong we will be made fools of, but if we’re right a lot of them will go to jail. Let’s have trial by combat,’ he said, without explaining exactly what he meant by combat.

‘I’m willing to stake my reputation, the president is willing to stake his reputation on the fact that we’re going to find criminality there,’ he added to the frenzied crowd.

Giuliani is also facing a potentially ruinous billion-dollar lawsuit filed in January 2021 by Dominion Voting Systems, who accused him of defamation after he claimed without evidence that the company rigged the election to defeat Trump.

During the tense moments of the 2020 election, Trump had directed Giuliani to call the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to determine whether it could legally take control of voting machines in key swing states.

Trump also had asked Attorney General Bill Barr whether the Justice Department could take the voting machines. Barr told him no.

Trump continues to falsely state he lost the November 2020 election due to widespread fraud despite multiple court losses and audits confirming Biden’s victory.

Giuliani may also face charges from federal prosecutors in New York regarding his foreign lobbying efforts involving Ukraine while he served as Trump’s lawyer.

Earlier this month, he met with prosecutors to unlock three of his phones, according to CNN, after months of refusing to cooperate.

Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing and said in the past that he ‘never represented’ anyone from Ukraine, insisting his work in the country was in his sole capacity as Trump’s lawyer.

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Source: Daily Mail

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