Rudy Giuliani has been interviewed by federal investigators as part of a special counsel investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, according to multiple reports.
CNN first reported Tuesday that Giuliani, who acted as a private attorney for Donald Trump and was instrumental in the former president’s efforts to stay in power despite his loss to Democrat Joe Biden, met with investigators in recent weeks. . Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith has reportedly been close to making decisions on any charges in that investigation.
A Giuliani spokesman told The Associated Press that he had met with investigators voluntarily. It’s unclear what questions the team asked, but a person familiar with the matter told the AP that the interview was not conducted before a grand jury.
“The appearance was entirely voluntary and conducted in a professional manner,” Giuliani spokesman Ted Goodman told the news service.
Giuliani was a key figure in the waning days of the Trump administration, urging the former president to fight election results in battleground states and spreading lies about widespread voter fraud. The state of New York suspended his attorney’s license in 2021 for “demonstrably false and misleading statements,” with a court ruling at the time that his actions were an “immediate threat” to the public.
Multiple news organizations reported in January that Giuliani had been subpoenaed in the investigation, with investigators demanding that he turn over documents related to his work for Trump, as well as payments he received. Investigators also subpoenaed other lawyers who were in Trump’s orbit.
The latest report adds to the legal turmoil surrounding Trump since he left the White House. The investigation by Smith’s team led to an indictment by a federal grand jury earlier this month against the former president on 37 criminal counts related to his handling of classified documents taken from the White House.
Trump pleaded not guilty to all charges and accused Smith of launching another witch hunt.