On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani turned himself in to authorities in Georgia to face racketeering charges alleging he meddled in the state’s 2020 presidential election. Court records show that Giuliani was booked at the Fulton County Jail mid-afternoon on Wednesday, with a judge signed off on a $150,000 bond agreement Giuliani’s lawyers worked out with prosecutors.His arraignment is expected in the next week or two and may take place virtually.
Giuliani and Trump both face 13 counts, more than the other 17 defendants in the case. The indictment in Fulton County alleges that Giuliani was a key part of a criminal conspiracy, pressing election officials in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania to act on voting fraud claims that he was repeatedly told were false. Giuliani was also charged with promoting false claims that voting machines were rigged, and making false claims in sworn legal filings. Additionally, the indictment singles out false claims Giuliani made about Georgia election worker Ruby Freeman, who was targeted with death threats and harassed as a result of the phony allegations.
While Giuliani has consistently supported former President Trump’s bogus election fraud claims, the former New York City mayor has maintained his innocence, claiming that he was only guilty of ‘zealously advocating for his client (Trump). Giuliani predicted Wednesday that he will be vindicated: “This will be proven to be like all the rest, a complete hoax and a lie.”
Trump has said he will surrender at the Atlanta jail on Thursday.
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