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Rudy Giuliani named a goal in Trump Georgia election probe, lawyers say


Rudolph Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, arrives for a news conference on the Republican National Committee on lawsuits regarding the end result of the 2020 presidential election on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

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Rudy Giuliani has been named a goal within the criminal investigation into efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia, lawyers for Giuliani told CNBC on Monday.

Giuliani was Trump’s personal attorney and a number one figure in various attempts to challenge the previous president’s electoral loss to President Joe Biden. He was seen as a pacesetter of a pro-Trump legal team that filed quite a few failed lawsuits searching for to dam or overturn election leads to battleground states. Outside of court, he pushed an array of false election conspiracy theories.

He has reportedly grow to be a central character within the probe led by Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis. This summer, a special grand jury within the probe heard prosecutors query witnesses about Giuliani’s December 2020 appearance before Georgia lawmakers, where he spread various claims of election fraud and urged officials to appoint pro-Trump electors within the state, The Recent York Times reported.

Giuliani is scheduled to seem before that grand jury in an Atlanta courthouse on Monday, based on the newspaper.

The Times first reported that Giuliani is a goal within the probe. Robert Costello, an attorney for Giuliani, confirmed to CNBC in an email that one other member of Giuliani’s legal team, Bill Thomas, had received that news in a call from a prosecutor.

Costello told the Times that Giuliani will likely invoke executive privilege if he’s asked about his dealings with Trump.

Earlier Monday, a federal judge denied a request by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to throw out a subpoena for his testimony before the Fulton County grand jury. The subpoena requires Graham, who’s a witness within the probe, to seem before the grand jury on Aug. 23.

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