Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, denounced what he described as “the fascist state” as he prepared to testify Wednesday before a Georgia grand jury investigating Trump campaign efforts to overturn the results of the US presidential election. 2020 of the state.
giuliani, who was notified this week that he is a target of the special grand jury investigation, told Newsmax that his issues show “a further desecration of the Sixth Amendment,” which grants defendants the right to counselamong others.
“I was his official attorney on that case,” Giuliani said Monday of Trump. according to the hill. “The statements I made are attorney-client privilege, because they were between him and me, or were made on his behalf to defend him.”
He continued: “When you start turning lawyers into defendants when they defend their clients, we are starting to live in a fascist state. Look, they already raided my law firm. I never thought I would ever see that happen.”
Giuliani unsuccessfully tried to delay his appearance in Georgia, claiming that recent heart surgery would not allow him to fly to Atlanta. The Fulton County judge who oversees the special grand jury told Giuliani to find other means of travel, according to The Associated Press.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis stated in requesting to compel Giuliani’s testimony who acted as Trump’s personal attorney and lead attorney for the campaign’s efforts to overturn the election results.
Giuliani submitted a video to state senators that purported to show poll workers in Atlanta bringing in “suitcases” of fake ballots, Willis said. The Georgia secretary of state quickly debunked the video, but Giuliani continued to peddle election lies, Willis said.
“The witness possesses unique insight into communications between himself, former President Trump, the Trump campaign, and other known and unknown individuals involved in coordinated multi-state efforts to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere. places,” Willis wrote in the petition. His testimony “is essential because he is likely to reveal additional sources of information on the subject of this investigation.”
Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, said there is no chance Giuliani will testify about his exchanges with the former president.
“If these people think he’s going to talk about talks between him and President Trump, they’re kidding themselves,” Costello told The New York Times.
Another Trump campaign legal adviser, Jenna Ellis, has also been ordered to testify before the grand jury. according to AP. Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) received a similar order, which is he is expected to appeal.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.