Former Recent York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks to media concerning the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan outside his apartment constructing in Recent York City, U.S., August 20, 2021.
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Rudy Giuliani, who as a lawyer for then-President Donald Trump pushed bogus legal challenges to the 2020 election, met for hours with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 rebel on the U.S. Capitol, an individual accustomed to the interview said Saturday.
The interview with Giuliani took place virtually and lasted for much of the day on Friday, in line with the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to debate the private meeting. A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment.
Giuliani had been scheduled to fulfill with the committee earlier this month, but a spokesperson for the panel said that meeting was rescheduled.
The previous Recent York mayor is seen as a critical aide for the committee, which has interviewed nearly 1,000 witnesses, including members of the family of Trump and advisers in his inner circle. The panel plans a series of hearings in June.
In January, the committee subpoenaed Giuliani and other members of the Trump legal team who sought to overturn election ends in battleground states through lawsuits that made unsupported claims of vast election fraud. Trump’s own attorney general, William Barr, has said there have been no widespread irregularities that would have affected the end result of the race won by President Joe Biden, and judges across the country have dismissed the allegations.
On the time of the subpoena, the committee said it was in search of records and an interview with Giuliani, and that it wanted details about Giuliani’s reported encouragement of Trump to direct the seizure of voting machines and his efforts to steer state legislators to take steps to overturn the election results.
Giuliani also spoke on the rally in front of the White House that preceded the Jan. 6 rebel.
CNN first reported Friday’s interview with Giuliani.