Rudy Giuliani, then-President Donald Trump’s lawyer who raised fake legal issues in the 2020 presidential election, met for hours with a House committee investigating the uprising in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, a person familiar with the interview said on Saturday. . .
The interview with Giuliani was virtual and took place for much of the day on Friday, according to someone who discussed the closed meeting with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. A committee spokesperson declined to comment.
Giuliani was due to meet with the committee earlier this month, but a spokeswoman for the committee said the meeting was rescheduled.
The former mayor of New York is considered a key aide to the committee, which interviewed nearly 1,000 witnesses, including Trump’s family and his internal advisers. The panel is planning a series of hearings in June.
In January, the commission subpoenaed Giuliani and other members of the Trump legal team who tried to overturn election results in the battlefield state through a lawsuit alleging unsupported allegations of massive election fraud. Trump’s Attorney General William Barr said there was no widespread misconduct that could affect the outcome of President Joe Biden’s victory, and judges across the country have dropped the charges.
At the time of the subpoena, the committee said it was seeking records and an interview with Giuliani and wanted information on Giuliani’s report that he had encouraged Trump to order the seizure of voting machines and efforts to convince state lawmakers to take action to overturn it. election results.
Giuliani also spoke at a rally in front of the White House ahead of the January 6 riots.
CNN reported an interview with Giuliani last Friday.
Washington-based Associated Press reporter Farnoush Amiri contributed to the report.