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Rudy Giuliani’s Legal Woes Deepen Along With Investigation Into Fake Electors

Rudy Giuliani’s Legal Woes Deepen Along With Investigation Into Fake Electors

Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer just seems to get into deeper hot water as the weeks go by.

The Justice Department and the January 6th House Select Committee are both investigating a “false electors” scheme which Rudy Giuliani reportedly helped lead in an effort to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election. Former prosecutors say the DOJ inquiry, which was announced last month, could pose a serious legal threat to Giuliani, given his role in helping orchestrate an electoral ploy in seven states that Biden won, involving replacing slates of legitimate Democratic electors with bogus Trump slates. Giuliani was subpoenaed by the House Select Committee in January and is in negotiations about providing some testimony and documents.

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The fake electors scheme has been under growing scrutiny by federal and state investigators as one of the many ways Trump, Giuliani, and other allies deployed in their aggressive drive to subvert the election result based on debunked charges of widespread voter fraud.

The plot was a part of Trump’s discredited and fruitless efforts to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to toss out President-Elect Joe Biden’s electors and substitute bogus Republican electors when Congress met on January 6th to tally up the electoral votes. The phony pro-Trump electoral certificates involved dozens of Trump loyalists in states such as Arizona, Georgia, and Michigan and were sent to Congress in a brazen effort to prevent Joe Biden’s certification.

Giuliani was slapped last year with a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems over bogus and conspiratorial claims that Dominion helped rig the election. Dominion told a court in January there was “no realistic possibility” that it could reach a settlement with Giuliani.

Additionally, Giuliani faces an inevitable subpoena from a Georgia special grand jury inquiry into Trump’s infamous call to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on January 2, 2021, asking him to just “find’ 11,780 votes to reverse Joe Biden’s win. The Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis, launched the inquiry into the call and has indicated her office is also looking into false claims that Giuliani made before a Georgia state Senate Committee. But the new DOJ inquiry into the fake electors strategy could pose more serious legal threats to Giuliani, say ex-prosecutors, since he served as Trump’s right-hand man and was involved with multiple schemes to overturn the election results.

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of two Republican members on the House panel, in February told CBS’ Face the Nation that “we fully expect that, in accordance with the law, we’ll hear from Rudy.”

 

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