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Ethics lawyers say Rudy Giuliani named a target in Trump election probe

Giuliani was President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, who helped him get his electoral loss overturned.

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Lindsey Graham’s attempt to quash a subpoena requiring his appearance before a grand jury in Fulton County.

On Monday, lawyers for Rudy Giuliani told CNBC that their client is a target in the criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump and his allies’ efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.

Giuliani served as Trump’s personal attorney and was instrumental in several failed attempts to overturn Biden’s election victory. He was widely regarded as the leader of a pro-Trump legal team that attempted, and ultimately failed, to overturn election results in key swing states through a series of lawsuits. He actively promoted a number of untrue election-related conspiracy theories outside of court.

According to reports, he has become an integral part of the investigation being conducted by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in Georgia. According to The New York Times, prosecutors questioned witnesses before a special grand jury this summer regarding Giuliani’s December 2020 appearance before Georgia lawmakers, during which he made various claims of election fraud and urged officials to appoint pro-Trump electors in the state.

The paper claims that Giuliani will face this grand jury on Monday at a courthouse in Atlanta.

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Giuliani’s involvement in the investigation was first reported by The New York Times. Lawyer Robert Costello confirmed to CNBC via email that Bill Thomas, another member of Giuliani’s legal team, had received the news from a prosecutor via phone call.

According to the Times, Costello predicted that if Giuliani was questioned about his interactions with Trump, the former mayor would claim executive privilege.

On Monday, a federal judge denied Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) motion to dismiss the subpoena that would have required him to testify before the Fulton County grand jury. Graham, who is a witness in the investigation, has been subpoenaed to testify in front of a grand jury on August 23.