Rudy Giuliani wants January 6 committee protections before testifying


Rudy Giuliani is expected to speak in the coming weeks with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack, although the scope of what he discusses may be limited.

Giuliani, who was among four members of Donald Trump’s legal team subpoenaed by the panel on January 18, reportedly agreed to meet with the committee investigating the attack on the Capitol in May, CNN reported.

The agreement follows months of negotiations between the two sides for Giuliani to come forward and testify about the events leading up to Jan. 6, including whether to give an informal interview or a formal deposition.

However, CNN previously reported that while Giuliani is willing to discuss the false allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 election with the committee, the former president’s attorney would not waive executive or attorney-client privilege.

Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for former President Donald Trump, speaks at the White House in Washington, DC on July 1, 2020.
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Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor, previously said Newsweek that trying to force Giuliani to fully testify would prove futile because he can invoke the attorney-client, which is the “most sacred privilege” under the law.

“Attorney-client privilege – the confidential communication between the attorney and the client providing the legal advice, is absolutely protected,” Rahmani said. “It’s not something that law enforcement, the courts, Congress can pursue.”

Giuliani is reportedly willing to testify under oath about his false claims of voter fraud, which are not covered by privilege.

Giuliani is accused by the Jan. 6 panel, which is not a criminal investigation, of actively promoting voter fraud allegations against Trump and seeking to “convince state lawmakers to take action to nullify election results.” .

The panel said when announcing the subpoena against Giuliani that the attorney was also in contact with Trump and members of Congress “regarding strategies to delay or nullify the results of the 2020 election.”

A number of members of Trump’s inner circle, such as former White House advisers Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro and former deputy chief of staff for communications Dan Scavino, have cited executive privilege as protection for a president. to ensure that official conversations remain private – for their reasons for not complying with their subpoenas issued by the January 6 panel.

Bannon has since been held in contempt after his arguments for not complying were dismissed, with Navarro and Scavino facing criminal charges after the House voted to hold them in contempt for defying their subpoenas .

Trump also invoked executive privilege in his attempts to prevent the disclosure of hundreds of National Archives documents to the committee, but his attempts were rejected by the Supreme Court in January.

The House Select Committee previously said it expected Giuliani to “cooperate fully”.

Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, has been contacted for comment.


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