WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Rudy Giuliani, who as then-President Donald Trump’s lawyer pursuing fictitious legal challenges to the 2020 election, met for hours with the House committee that called for the January 6, 2021 uprising at the U.S. Capitol. We’re investigating, a person familiar with the interview said on Saturday.
According to the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting, the interview with Giuliani took place virtually and lasted for most of the day on Friday. A spokesman for the committee declined to comment.
Giuliani was due to meet with the committee earlier this month, but a spokesman for the panel said the meeting had been rescheduled.
The former New York mayor is seen as a key aide to the committee, which has interviewed nearly 1,000 witnesses, including members of Trump’s family and advisers from his inner circle. The panel is planning a series of hearings in June.
In January, the committee summoned Giuliani and other members of the Trump legal team, who sought to overturn election results in battleground states through lawsuits containing unsupported claims of huge electoral fraud. Trump’s own attorney general, William Barr, has said there were no widespread irregularities that could affect the outcome of a race won by President Joe Biden, and judges across the country dismissed the allegations.
At the time of the subpoena, the committee said it was seeking records and an interview with Giuliani, and that it was intended by Giuliani to persuade Trump to direct the seizure of voting machines and take steps to overturn state legislators. information about their efforts. election result.
Giuliani also spoke at a rally in front of the White House before the January 6 uprising.
Nation World News first reported the interview with Giuliani on Friday.
Associated Press writer Farnoush Amiri in Washington contributed to this report.