PFulton County, Georgia rosecutters are using a photo of a smiling Rudy Giuliani to challenge his request to delay testimony scheduled for Tuesday in a grand jury investigation related to the 2020 election.
After Giuliani pleaded in a Fulton County court to delay his testimony due to a medical procedure he says kept him from flying for several weeks, prosecutors pointed to the photo posted to his account Twitter a week ago which they say says he traveled after his procedure. They also claim to have records showing that he purchased plane tickets after the procedure.
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“The District Attorney obtained documents indicating that between July 19, 2022 and July 21, 2022, the witness purchased several plane tickets for cash, including tickets to Rome, Italy, and Zurich, Switzerland , for travel dates between July 22, 2022 and July 29, 2022. All of these dates were after the witness’s medical procedure,” prosecutors argued in court documents filed Monday.
The response included a tweet from Giuliani of a photo he took with entertainment reporter Lauren Conlin earlier this month that prosecutors claim he traveled outside New York after receiving the procedure. . They offered to help him get to Fulton County by alternate means instead of air travel.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who is overseeing the Fulton County investigation that subpoenaed Giuliani to testify, scheduled an emergency hearing Tuesday into the matter. A New York court had previously ordered Giuliani to testify before a special Fulton County grand jury investigating whether any crimes were committed in the wake of the 2020 election.
Although Giuliani did not reveal the type of surgery he claims he received in his file to delay the hearing, his son said he underwent heart stent surgery in early July. Giuliani’s legal team argued that Giuliani was “in no way seeking to inappropriately delay” and that he “was willing to cooperate” with investigators.
Giuliani had been subpoenaed to testify alongside a slew of other Trump allies, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), in July. He attempted to challenge the subpoena in court but failed to show up for his hearing, so a New York judge ordered him to appear before Fulton County investigators. His attorneys cited his recovery as an excuse for missing the hearing in his motion to delay testimony.
“Mr. Giuliani received notice/service on July 12, 2022, while recovering from a medical procedure, and shelved it until the next morning without looking at the date. examined the next morning, he realized he had missed the court date,” Giuliani’s legal team explained.
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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating crimes committed in Georgia in the aftermath of the 2020 election. She began the investigation after evidence surfaced that then-President Donald Trump, had a call with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger stressing the need to “find” the 11,780 votes needed to swing the election for him. Trump denied wrongdoing and hailed the call as “perfect”.
A special grand jury was appointed in May to help with subpoenas. In Giuliani’s subpoena, Fulton County investigators pointed to Giuliani’s claims in December 2020 before a Georgia Senate panel that video evidence proved voter fraud occurred in the State Farm Arena from Georgia. Raffensperger’s office later “debunked” those claims, according to Giuliani’s subpoena.