Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was a lawyer for President Donald Trump, has been subpoenaed by the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot (Picture: AP)
The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot has subpoenaed ex-President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the legal team that filed lawsuits with conspiracy theories on the 2020 election.
In a letter to Giuliani, the committee on Tuesday cited witness testimony as well as reports that he urged Trump to seize voting machines despite the Department of Homeland Security saying it was not lawful.
In addition to Giuliani, the committee on Tuesday issued subpoenas for Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell, two lawyers who pushed election fraud conspiracies. Ellis drafted a memo on how Trump could overturn the presidential election using an obscure law, while Powell oversaw raising millions of dollars on false claims that election machines were rigged.
The committee also subpoenaed former Trump campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn, who worked with Giuliani at the Willard Hotel ‘command center’ after the election.
‘The four individuals we’ve subpoenaed today advanced unsupported theories about election fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the election results or were in direct contact with the former president about attempts to stop the counting of electoral votes,’ the committee’s chairman Bennie Thompson stated.
On January 6, 2021, Giuliani called for ‘trial by combat’ before a crowd of Trump fans, before they stormed the Capitol to try to stop Congress from certifying the election for Joe Biden. During the siege, he called lawmakers in an effort to delay the certification.
Giuliani long served as Trump’s personal lawyer. About a month after the Capitol riot, however, Trump advisor Jason Miller stated that Giuliani was ‘not currently’ representing the 45th president ‘in any legal matters’. Trump cut ties as Giuliani faced multiple lawsuits for his role in the effort to overturn the presidential election results.
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