The walls are closing in on former President Donald Trump’s onetime attorney, Rudy Giuliani. The New York Times reports that Giuliani received a subpoena from special counsel Jack Smith’s team for records related to fundraising efforts by Trump and his associates following the 2020 election..
The subpoena was sent in November 2022 but not publicly reported. It requests that Giuliani turn over documents regarding payments he received during the time he filed several lawsuits challenging Trump’s election loss in 2020.
Other witnesses have also received subpoenas from prosecutors investigating Trump and those around him, demanding documents related to payments made from the former president’s Save America PAC, a fundraising cash cow also set up following Trump’s 2020 loss, CNN reports.
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The Save America PAC raised more than $250 million, based on the premise it would battle “voter fraud” following the 2020 election. The PAC made payments to Mark Meadows’ charity, the Trump Hotel Collection, and to a company that organized the rally just prior to the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
The Guardian reports that, in mid-December, a District of Columbia attorney ethics committee concluded that Giuliani violated an ethics rule via one of the suits filed on behalf of Trump and his Big Lie. The panel recommended he be disbarred.
Hamilton "Phil" Fox of the D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel said Giuliani attempted to "ignore the will of the voters" and subvert the U.S. Constitution.
The former New York City mayor’s law license was suspended in the state of New York in June 2021 after a court found he’d made “demonstrably false and misleading” statements about Trump’s loss to Joe Biden.
The details of the subpoena have been mainly kept under wraps.
CNN reports the subpoena is seeking financial information from Giuliani and comes from David Rody, a former New York prosecutor who specializes in gang and conspiracy cases.
“The mayor is unaware of the specific claims by this so-called ‘anonymous source,’ and therefore is not in a position to respond,” said Ted Goodman, an adviser to Giuliani.
Meanwhile, on Monday, the Fulton County, Georgia, special grand jury investigating Trump for election crimes completed its final report. The probe, which was launched in February 2021, began with the leaked phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which Trump asked him to “find” 11,000 votes. The investigation then expanded to include a probe of Giuliani’s role in pressuring and harassing election workers.
The two workers, Ruby Freeman and her daughter Shaye Moss, filed a suit against Giuliani in May 2022.
“Defendant Giuliani’s character assassination of Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss was deliberate,” the suit reads.
“The lies about Plaintiffs have had prolonged and tragic consequences for their lives and well-being. As a result of Defendant Giuliani’s defamatory campaign, Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss were subjected to an immediate onslaught of violent and racist threats and harassment, and such threats and harassment continue to appear online to this day. Their personal and professional reputations have been destroyed. From the period after Defendant Giuliani started broadcasting lies about them to the present, Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moss have feared for their physical safety and have suffered a devastating emotional toll,” the suit claims.
It’s hard to imagine Rudy Giuliani’s career and legacy could sink any lower. But if anyone can make this worse for Rudy, it’s Rudy.