Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani arrives at his apartment building after his legal license in Manhattan was suspended in New York City, New York, United States, June 24, 2021.
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A grand jury in Georgia has issued subpoenas to US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Attorney Rudy Giuliani as part of an investigation into possible criminal interference in that state’s 2020 election by former President Donald Trump, A new report said Tuesday.
The special grand jury in Fulton County also subpoenaed other members of Trump’s legal team in addition to Giuliani, the Atlanta Journal reported, citing copies of those documents obtained by the newspaper.
The subpoenas were filed Tuesday and signed by Fulton Supreme Court Judge Robert McBurney, who is overseeing the special grand jury, who is required to authorize subpoenas issued to non-residents of Georgia, the Journal-Constitution said.
CNBC asked for comment on the report from Graham, a close ally of Trump.
It was already known that the chief attorney for Fulton County was looking forward to a November 2020 phone call that Graham had with the Georgia Secretary of State after the election in that state, which President Joe Biden won.
Senator Lindsey Graham questions US Supreme Court nominee Justice Kitangi Brown Jackson during her confirmation hearing for the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 22, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Giuliani, in addition to being Trump’s personal attorney at the time, led the Trump campaign’s legal efforts to reverse Biden’s victories in the popular vote in swing states including Georgia, with the goal of reversing his electoral college victory.
“We don’t know anything about a subpoena,” Robert Costello, a lawyer representing Giuliani, told CNBC.
“We have not received any subpoena,” Costello said.
Asked how he and Giuliani would respond to this subpoena, Costello replied: “We’ll decide if and when it comes to a pass.”
According to the Journal-Constitution, other Trump-aligned lawyers with subpoenas are John Eastman, Clyta Mitchell, Kenneth Chesbro and Gina Ellis. The newspaper said podcast host Jackie Beck Dyson, who is also a lawyer, was also issued a subpoena.
The grand jury’s decision was imposed in Atlanta in early May at the request of Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis, who is overseeing the investigation.
In her quest to make up the grand jury, Willis told a judge in January that she had received information indicating a reasonable possibility “that the Georgia election “was subject to potential criminal disruption”.
Willis said the information included reports that people “associated with these disorders” had contacted Ravensberger, the Georgia attorney general, and the US attorney general for the Northern District of Georgia.
The US Attorney General, Byung “Pe Jae” Pak, abruptly submitted his resignation on January 4, 2021, in a surprising move.
Two days ago, in a phone call that occurred while he was still president, Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad Ravensburger to “find” enough votes for him to nullify Biden’s victory.
“All I want to do is: I just want to find 11,780 votes,” Trump told Ravensburger.
This call came four days before the start of the US Congress meeting in a joint session to confirm the victory of the Electoral College Biden.
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