Rudy Giuliani has been named a target in one of the Democratic party’s many criminal investigations into former president Trump, a development that is certain to fuel speculation of a partisan crackdown on the Biden administration’s enemies.
A lawyer for Giuliani announced that Georgia’s Democrat prosecutor Fani Willis is investigating Giuliani’s role in challenging the 2020 election results.
Willis, of heavily Democratic Fulton County, has not formally accused Trump of any crimes, but she has strongly insinuated that he violated the law by seeking to challenge Biden’s razor-thin win in the state.
It’s not clear what crime Willis thinks Giuliani might have committed, but prosecutors working for Willis have inquired about Giuliani’s role in sharing so-called “conspiracy theories” about election fraud. Democrats, who claimed Trump’s 2016 win was not legitimate, have blasted skepticism of the 2020 election as “the Big Lie.”
Giuliani is expected to appear before a grand jury on Wednesday, his lawyer Robert Costello said.
“If these people think he’s going to talk about conversations between him and President Trump, they’re delusional,” Costello said.
The targeting of Giuliani is the latest indication that prosecutors aligned with the Democratic party are tightening the screws on Trump, whose home was raided last week by armed agents working for his top political rival.
The FBI reportedly seized records protected by attorney-client privilege during the raid. Giuliani, who was disbarred for helping Trump challenge the 2020 election, also had his home and office raided last year.
He told Newsmax that under Biden, America resembles a “fascist state” where enemies of the regime are threatened and deprived of due process.
“When you start turning around lawyers into defendants when they’re defending their clients, we’re starting to live in a fascist state. Look, I’ve already had my law office raided. I never thought I’d ever see that happen.”
The Biden DOJ has also subpoenaed Trump lawyer Eric Herschmann, and Republican Rep. Scott Perry (PA) had his phone seized last week. John Eastman, a lawyer who helped Trump challenge the 2020 election, also had his phone seized recently.
Willis has subpoenaed Eastman, lawyers Jenna Ellis and Cleta Mitchell, and South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. A judge on Monday ordered Graham to testify, despite concerns that his unusual subpoena is not constitutional.