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Secretary of State’s office opens electioneering investigation

The former New York mayor refused to testify, dismissing the inquiry as a politically motivated move.

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Former personal lawyer for Donald Trump has come forward with news that he is the subject of a criminal investigation in Georgia related to allegations of attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is scheduled to testify this week in an Atlanta court, claimed the investigation was politically motivated.

Mr. Giuliani spearheaded legal efforts to challenge the results of the election.

Mr. Trump’s unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud were also bolstered by him.

In December 2020, Mr. Giuliani served as the election lawyer for the former president and he repeatedly urged Georgia state lawmakers not to certify President Joe Biden’s election victory on the basis of unfounded allegations of stolen ballots.

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Robert Costello, Mr. Giuliani’s attorney, told US media on Monday that prosecutors had informed their team that the former mayor was under investigation.

However, Mr. Giuliani, according to Mr. Costello, will refuse to answer any questions about Mr. Trump that might violate attorney-client privilege during his court appearance on Wednesday.

Mr. Giuliani called Atlanta “the most crooked city in the country” and a “Democratic dictatorship” on a New York radio talk show on Monday.

In Georgia, audited results show that Mr. Biden, the Democrat, won over Mr. Trump, the Republican, by a margin of 12,670 votes.

The criminal investigation was initiated in Fulton County, Georgia, after a recording of a phone call from January 2021 surfaced, in which President Trump can be heard urging Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” enough votes to change the outcome.

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In May, the prosecutor gathered evidence in front of a grand jury. However, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has indicated that racketeering or conspiracy charges may emerge from her investigation.

However, Mr. Giuliani’s testimony request does not indicate any impending criminal charges.

Ms. Willis has indicated that, in addition to calling Mr. Trump to testify before the grand jury, she is also considering calling any number of other witnesses.

On Monday, US Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina had his request to not testify before the Fulton County grand jury denied by a federal judge.

A “fake electors” scheme in which Georgia Republicans allegedly signed forgeries declaring Mr. Trump the 2020 presidential election winner is also being investigated.

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Mr. Trump is being investigated by Congress for his role in the riot at the US Capitol last year and his efforts to overturn Mr. Biden’s election.

Authorities raided his Florida mansion last week and, according to the search warrant, allegedly discovered classified documents that are now the subject of a Espionage Act investigation.