WASHINGTON — Rudy Giuliani wednesday spent more than six hours at a courthouse in Atlanta to provide testimony before a grand jury that’s looking into possible 2020 election interference, days after being informed he’s a “target” of the criminal probe.
It was not immediately clear what questions Giuliani was asked during the closed-door testimony at the Fulton County courthouse. He left the building in an SUV through a secure underground garage and did not speak to reporters.
Giuliani, Trump’s former personal attorney and the former mayor of New York City, was ordered by a judge last week to appear in person before the special grand jury handling the case. Lawyers for Giuliani had sought to delay the testimony, arguing he was unable to fly to Georgia from New York because of a recent medical procedure, but the judge ordered him to appear, even if it meant finding an alternate means of transportation.
Lawyers for Giuliani were told Monday that he is a “target” of the probe, attorney Robert Costello told NBC News. Initially, as part of their efforts to compel Giuliani’s testimony, Georgia prosecutors told New York courts that Giuliani was only a material witness.
The grand jury, called by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, subpoenaed Giuliani in early July as a material witness as part of an investigation into what she characterized as “coordinated attempts to unlawfully alter the outcome of the 2020 elections.” The subpoena alleged Giuliani made statements at legislative hearings in Georgia falsely claiming that there had been “widespread voter fraud” in the state.
A New York judge initially ordered Giuliani to testify after he failed to appear at a July 13 hearing to challenge the Georgia subpoena.
Blayne Alexander contributed.