A spokesman for the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising on the U.S. Capitol says Rudy Giuliani, who led Donald Trump’s legal efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election of 2020, pulled out of an interview that was supposed to take place. Friday.
Committee spokesman Tim Mulvey released a statement to multiple media outlets Thursday night saying, “Mr. Giuliani had agreed to participate in a transcribed interview with the select committee. Today he informed committee investigators that he would not appear unless he was allowed to tape the interview, which was never an agreed condition.”
Mulvey continued: “Mr. Giuliani is an important witness to the plot to overthrow the government and he remains under a subpoena. If he refuses to comply, the committee will consider all enforcement options.
Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, told CNN that even though Friday’s meeting is canceled, talks between the two sides are continuing.
In January, the committee issued subpoenas to Giuliani and other members of Trump’s legal team who filed bogus legal challenges to the 2020 election that fueled the lie that race was stolen from the former president.
Giuliani also spoke at the rally outside the White House that preceded the Jan. 6 insurrection. Like Trump, he suggested that certification of Biden’s victory was an existential crisis for the country and used rhetoric hinting at violence.
“Let’s do trial by combat,” Giuliani said. “I’m willing to stake my reputation, the president is willing to stake his reputation, on the fact that we’re going to find crime there.”
A New York appeals court has suspended Rudy Giuliani’s license to practice law due to his repeated, ongoing, and false allegations of voter fraud. The 33-page judgment condemned Giuliani for spreading “patently false and misleading statements” in his role as former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, saying, “[Giuliani’s] conduct immediately threatens the public interest and warrants a temporary suspension from the practice of law”.