Federal prosecutors looking for documents about payments former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani received from his ally, the former President Donald Trump, or his presidential campaign, have subpoenaed him with a document issued in November.
Giuliani, who helped to amplify Trump’s false claims about widespread fraud in the 2020 election, is also asked to provide testimony, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday declining to be identified as they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The subpoena sought records of payments and who made those payments and copies of any retainer agreements between Trump and Giuliani, or the Trump campaign and Giuliani.
The US Attorney for the District of Columbia refused to comment on the matter just as the former mayor, who has served as Trump’s personal attorney, while the nature of the US attorney in Washington DC’s inquiry – that began before Special Counsel Jack Smith was appointed to oversee investigations into Trump – remains largely under wraps.
Per the District of Columbia attorney ethics committee’s opinion in December, Giuliani violated at least one attorney ethics rule while working on a failed lawsuit by former president Trump challenging the 2020 election results.
After a state appeals court found Giuliani had made demonstrably false and misleading statements that widespread voter fraud undermined the 2020 election won by Biden, his New York state law license was suspended in June 2021.
Giuliani is already a target of a criminal investigation opened up last year by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis as part of a Georgia grand jury’s investigation of Trump and his supporters’ illegal efforts to interfere in the general election in Georgia and to overturn the 2020 election.
Special prosecutor Nathan Wade alerted at the time Giuliani’s local attorney in Atlanta that Giuliani could face criminal charges.
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