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USA: Trump’s confidant Giuliani before jury

Trump confidant Rudy Giuliani is the target of a criminal investigation related to the 2020 election. Photo: John Bezmore / Associated Press / DPA

Did Donald Trump and his camp influence the 2020 US election? Criminal investigators in Georgia are tackling this question these days. Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani is also in focus.

Former US President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani appears before a Georgia jury on a criminal investigation related to the 2020 election. According to US media reports, he spent more than six hours in a courthouse in Atlanta. There he was questioned by a so-called grand jury. In probable crime cases a grand jury is called to review the evidence and decide whether to press charges.

The investigation is about Trump and his camp possibly influencing the 2020 presidential election. Prosecutor Fani Willis in Fulton County, Georgia, launched an investigation last year. The background is a phone call between Trump and Georgia’s chief election observer, Brad Raffensperger.

Trump had asked Riffensperger to “find” the missing votes to reverse the narrow electoral victory of his rival Joe Biden in the state. Several Trump aides have been asked to testify before a jury that has now been established. In July, Willis did not rule out summoning former President Trump on NBC.

TV pictures now show Giuliani in front of the courthouse. When asked, he refused to say anything about the investigation. “We won’t talk about it until it’s over,” he told the press. It was initially unclear what questions the grand jury asked Giuliani and whether he answered. NBC reported that hours later, the 78-year-old left the courtroom in an SUV through a secure underground car park. Giuliani’s lawyer had previously made it clear that his client would exercise attorney-client privileges if asked questions about his talks with Trump.

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