Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s private lawyer who championed the previous president’s bogus election fraud claims, stated he’ll flip himself in to authorities in Georgia on Wednesday to face racketeering fees alleging he meddled within the state’s 2020 presidential election.
“I’m going to Fulton County to adjust to the legislation, which I at all times do,” he informed reporters earlier than leaving for Georgia. “I don’t know if I plea at present but when I do I plead not responsible.”
Giuliani and Trump each face 13 counts, greater than the opposite 17 defendants within the case.
The previous New York Metropolis mayor has maintained his innocence, and claimed the one factor he’s responsible of was zealously advocating for his consumer.
“I by no means thought I’d ever get indicted for being a lawyer,” Giuliani stated on his radio present final week.
Trump has stated he’ll give up on the Atlanta jail Thursday.
Giuliani is being represented by New York-based legal professional John Esposito, a former Manhattan assistant district legal professional.
After their arrival, they may go to his native counsel’s workplace, the place Giuliani will stay because the attorneys go to District Legal professional Fani Willis’s workplace to barter a bail quantity and signal paperwork.
As soon as a choose approves these paperwork, Giuliani will head to the Fulton County Jail, the place he shall be fingerprinted and photographed. His arraignment is anticipated within the subsequent week or two and will happen just about.
“I get photographed, isn’t that good? A mugshot for the mayor who in all probability put the worst prison of the twentieth century in jail,” Giuliani complained to reporters when he left his condo.
The indictment in Fulton County alleges that Giuliani was a key a part of a prison conspiracy, urgent election officers in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania to behave on voting fraud claims that he was repeatedly informed had been false. Giuliani was additionally charged with selling false claims that voting machines had been rigged, and making false claims in sworn authorized filings.
Moreover, the indictment singles out false claims Giuliani made about Georgia election employee Ruby Freeman, who was focused with demise threats and harassed on account of the phony allegations.
The primary cost towards Giuliani — racketeering — is much like a federal legislation he used with nice success when he was U.S. legal professional for the Southern District of New York.
Giuliani predicted Wednesday that he shall be vindicated. “This shall be confirmed to be like all the remainder, a whole hoax and a lie,” he stated.
Giuliani seems to be one of many six co-conspirators in particular counsel Jack Smith’s federal prison case towards Trump. At his arraignment in that case, Trump pleaded not responsible. Giuliani, who hasn’t been charged, has denied any wrongdoing.
Brittany Kubicko contributed.