The Justice Department’s special counsel recently interviewed Rudy Giuliani in partA spokeswoman for Giuliani confirmed on Tuesday that efforts to interfere with the legal transfer of power following the 2020 presidential election.
“The appearance was completely voluntary and conducted in a professional manner,” said Ted Goodman, a political adviser to Giuliani.
A source familiar with the matter said Giuliani was questioned about fundraisers and meetings between November 3, 2020, and January 6, 2021, when President-elect Biden’s Electoral College victory was certified despite a deadly riot in the Capitol.
CNN first reported that special counsel Jack Smith’s investigators interviewed Giuliani, who was former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer. Among the group of lawyersTrump won the 2020 election.
Investigators were particularly interested in meetings attended by Giuliani at the White House, the source said.
The source said Giuliani was asked about his connections to other lawyers who supported Trump’s reelection despite his defeat. They includedSidney Powell, who developed a legal strategy to reject state electoral votes, claims that widespread voter fraud prevented Trump from winning, and A former Justice Department official said a congressional committee created a plan to instruct state legislatures to elect new electors.
The special counsel has not indicated that Giuliani is under investigation, and his team does not believe he is, the source said.
The special counsel’s investigation into election interference appears to have gained steam in Trump’s first weeksIn connection with its separate investigation into alleged mishandling of documents. On June 13, Trump entered a plea of not guilty to 37 criminal charges in the case.
Wednesday, Special CounselGeorgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger in Atlanta, Raffensberger’s spokesman said.
A recorded phone call between Trump and Raffensberger on Jan. 2, 2021, in which Trump said “I want to find 11,780 votes,” is the focus of federal and state investigations.
Within weeks of the audio of the call becoming public in 2021, Fulton County District Attorney Fannie Willis announced her office intended to investigate. That probe has grown into a sprawling investigation involving dozens of Trump associates, according to court filings.
Willis has said he will announce the results of the investigation in August.
Trump became the first former president in US history to face criminal charges when he was indicted by a New York state grand jury on March 30. In that case,Pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records. Manhattan prosecutors said Trump tried to cover up repayments to Michael Cohen, Trump’s personal lawyer at the time, for making “hush money” to an adult movie star before the 2016 presidential election.
Trump’s lawyers in that case are trying to move it to federal court, but at a hearing on Tuesday, a judge cast doubt on their contention that the payments were made. Official actions connected with Trump’s presidency.