Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor and attorney for former President Donald Trump, surrendered to authorities in Georgia on charges related to his alleged involvement in a plot to subvert the 2020 election.
Giuliani is charged with acting as a co-conspirator with Donald Trump and others under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, according to the Associated Press.
The charges include making false statements, soliciting false testimony, conspiring to create false paperwork, and encouraging state lawmakers to violate their oath of office to appoint pro-Trump electors.
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Georgia was one of the key states where the 2020 election results were contested. Former President Trump and his allies claimed, without evidence, that the election was rigged in favor of Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Giuliani’s bond has been set at $150,000. This means that he can be released from custody while the legal proceedings are ongoing, provided he pays the specified amount.
“I’m feeling very, very good about it because I feel like I am defending the rights of all Americans, as I did so many times as a United States attorney,” Giuliani told reporters on Wednesday while leaving New York, according to the AP.
Giuliani has consistently denied any wrongdoing. He has maintained that he had the right to raise questions about what he believed to be election fraud. He has characterized the indictment as an assault on the First Amendment and American democracy.
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The legal proceedings will involve hearings, evidence presentation, legal arguments, and potentially a trial. It is important to note that allegations and charges do not equate to guilt.
If convicted, Giuliani could face prison time. The Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis, has stated that he will be sentenced to prison if found guilty.
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