(PresidentialHill.com)- Last Wednesday, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was in Atlanta testifying before a Georgia grand jury as part of Fulton County’s probe into former President Donald Trump and his supporters.
Giuliani’s lawyers told the New York Times last Monday that their client was informed that he is being investigated in Georgia for allegedly attempting to overturn the state’s 2020 election on behalf of former President Trump.
Attorney Robert Costello was initially told that his client would be a material witness in the Georgia investigation but later learned that Giuliani isn’t a witness but a target.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who is overseeing the special grand jury, last week ordered Guiliani to appear in person. His lawyers tried to delay Guiliani’s grand jury appearance, claiming he was unable to fly after undergoing surgery last month to have two heart stents installed. But McBurney refused, ordering Giuliani to Atlanta by car or train if he has to.
And on Wednesday, Giuliani was in an Atlanta courtroom testifying for over six hours before the special grand jury that is investigating whether former President Trump and his allies illegally attempted to overturn the Georgia election results in 2020.
When he arrived at the courthouse, Giuliani refused to answer questions from reporters, telling them that grand juries are secret.
In an interview on Newsmax before his grand jury testimony, Giuliani said as Trump’s lawyer, his statements were either privileged or were made on behalf of his client. He said if we start turning lawyers who are defending their clients into defendants themselves, “we’re starting to live in a fascist state.”
A total of 17 people have been named as targets in the ongoing probe that was launched in March 2021 by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Giuliani is the highest-profile name ensnared in the investigation.
Fani Willis empaneled the special grand jury in January of this year.
Willis said she decided to open an investigation after the January 2, 2021 phone call between the former president and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Trump allegedly asked Raffensperger to “find” the votes he needed to win Georgia.