Giuliani arrives in Atlanta as Trump probe heats up
August 17, 2022
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The national focus of the investigation into Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss moves squarely into Georgia today.
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani is expected in Fulton County Superior Court this morning to testify to the special grand jury investigating Trump for possible election interference.
Judge Robert McBurney ordered the former New York City mayor to come to Georgia by bus, automobile, or any other mode of transport he prefers to respond to the subpoena compelling him to testify in the case.
The AJC’s Tamar Hallerman warns to expect a crush of local and national reporters on downtown streets straining to get a glimpse of Giuliani as he heads into his secret testimony.
And she’s got the insight into what to expect in the case here and elsewhere in the latest episode of the Breakdown podcast with Bill Rankin and in today’s AJC.
Journalist Soledad O’Brien reported spotting Giuliani on Tuesday night looking healthy and dining at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta.
MORE WITNESSES. It’s not just in courtrooms in Atlanta where witnesses from Trump World are being told they must answer questions in this investigation.
On Tuesday in Fort Collins, Colorado, a judge ordered Trump attorney Jenna Ellis to show up in Atlanta on August 25.
After listening to remote arguments from Georgia investigators, the Colorado judge said there was no reason Ellis can’t fly to Atlanta to talk about her role in pressing completely false information about election fraud in Georgia in 2020.
The Western theme continues today in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as Trump campaign lawyer John Eastman will appear before a state judge regarding his subpoena for testimony.
Eastman floated a variety of plans for Trump lawyers to challenge his election loss in Georgia and other states, and authored a controversial memo which set out how Vice President Mike Pence could refuse to count electoral votes from certain states won by Joe Biden.
And look for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has been compelled to answer a subpoena, to show up in Atlanta next week to answer questions as well.
LISTEN UP. We look at the political implications of Rudy Giuliani’s new designation as a target, not just a witness, in the Fulton County special grand jury investigation, along with Democrats’ statewide sales job for the health care, tax, and climate bill that President Joe Biden just signed, in our midweek edition of the Politically Georgia podcast.
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