The Washington Examiner reported this week that former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani has been told to appear before a special grand jury in Georgia.
Georgia judge orders Giuliani to testify in Atlanta next week
That order was issued by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who told Giuliani that he is to make himself available for questioning on August 17.
The special grand jury was convened earlier this year to investigate actions by former President Donald Trump following the 2020 election.
Of particular interest was a January 2 telephone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Fox News revealed that at one point during the conversation, Trump asked Raffensperger “to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have.” The then president went on to insist that “we won the state.”
The Examiner had earlier reported that the former New York City Mayor and U.S. attorney underwent surgery in July to install a heart stent.
While Giuliani’s lawyers had argued that the procedure prevented him from traveling by air, Fulton County prosecutor Will Wooten insisted that this did not preclude his appearance.
Fulton County DA also offered to buy Rudy Giuliani a bus or train ticket to Atlanta if he were unable to fly: pic.twitter.com/mbaUQVfyjZ
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) August 8, 2022
“We do not consent to change the date,” Wooten said in an email dated August 2. “We expect to see your client before the grand jury on August 9, 2022, here in Atlanta.”
Giuliani lawyer disputes prosecutor’s claim that his client recently traveled to Europe
What’s more, Wooten pledged that his office “will provide alternate transportation including bus or train if your client maintains that he is unable to fly.”
For his part, Giuliani’s lawyer William Thomas submitted a court filing that disputed Wooten’s claim that his client recently flew to Europe, saying, “First, and foremost, conspicuously absent from the state’s pleading is the fact that no such travel ever occurred.”
“Prior to his medical procedure, an international organization had invited Mr. Giuliani to attend a conference overseas. The planning and invitation for this event occurred weeks, if not months, prior to Mr. Giuliani’s medical procedure.”