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The committee had subpoenaed Giuliani – Donald Trump‘s former personal lawyer, in January – with Giuliani’s team and lawmakers negotiating on how he will comply when he testifies in May, sources told CNN.
In the subpoena, the committee alleges Giuliani ‘actively promoted claims of election fraud on behalf of the former president and sought to convince state legislators to take steps to overturn the election results.’
It also states that Giuliani was in contact with Trump and Congressional representatives ‘regarding strategies for delaying or overturning the results of the 2020 election.’ The former Mayor of New York City attended the Save America rally that took place in Washington DC and was photographed addressing a crowd, some of whom later ended up rioting at the Capitol.
Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, will testify before the January 6 House committee in May regarding his efforts to delay or overturn the 2020 election during the Save America rally (above) ahead of the deadly Capitol riot
Giuliani will be the latest member of Trump’s (right) inner circle to testify before the committee
In the subpoena, the committee alleges Giuliani ‘actively promoted claims of election fraud on behalf of the former president and sought to convince state legislators to take steps to overturn the election results.’ Pictured, Trump supporters storming the Capitol on January 6
The committee has said it expects Giuliani to cooperate with the subpoena, but the Trump lawyer will be able to invoke executive or attorney-client privilege in response to specific questions.
The House select committee declined to comment on Giuliani’s expected appearance.
Giuliani will 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 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, The former mayor of New York, 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.