A New York judge has ordered Rudy Giuliani to testify next month before a Fulton County special grand jury investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others interfered in Georgia’s 2020 elections. New York State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber ordered Giuliani to appear Aug. 9, “and on any such other dates as this court may order,” after he and Trump attorney failed to attend a July 13 hearing to challenge the subpoena.
Giuliani was one of seven Trump associates subpoenaed earlier this month, including South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who recently agreed to testify. Giuliani is being ordered to testify about appearances in December 2020 before Georgia’s state Senate where he and lawyer John Eastman blamed Trump’s loss to Democrat Joe Biden on disproven claims of widespread voter fraud.
The 23-person special grand jury has already started hearing evidence. If Giuliani fails to appear in Atlanta on Aug. 9, a judge can issue a material witness warrant to arrest and detain him until he testifies. The special grand jury will not have the power to return an indictment, however, it “may make recommendations concerning criminal prosecutions as it shall see fit.”
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