Rudy Giuliani, the onetime New York City Mayor and lawyer for former president Donald Trump, announced Wednesday that he has turned himself in to Georgia prosecutors who have charged him in a scheme alleging he, Trump, and 17 others conspired to overturn the state’s 2020 election results.
“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… I’m the same Rudy Giuliani that took down the mafia, made New York City the safest city in America… and I’m fighting for justice. I have from the first moment I represented Donald Trump,” said Giuliani.
“I don’t know how many times he has to be proven innocent and they have to be proven to be liars. Actually enemies of all the public who are destroying rights, sacred rights. They’re destroying my right to counsel, my right to be a lawyer. They’re destroying his right to counsel. It’s not accidental that they’ve indicted all his lawyers,” he added.
JUST IN: A defiant Rudy Giuliani turns himself in to the Fulton County jail, says he feels good because he is defending the rights of Americans.
“I'm the same Rudy Giuliani that took down the mafia that made New York City the the safest city in America.”
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— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) August 23, 2023
The man once popularly known as “America’s Mayor” will now sit with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and her team to discuss the charges against him involving racketeering and conspiracy, which are more widely known for being used against mobsters and criminal enterprises. He will soon be joined by President Trump, who announced on Truth Social Wednesday that he would “be proudly arrested” on Thursday.
🚨 Trump says he will “proudly” be arrested in Georgia tomorrow pic.twitter.com/8f09nIPRuT
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) August 23, 2023
Giuliani will benefit from the attack dog lawyers representing Trump and his attorneys who have been charged. Alina Habba, a member of the former president’s legal team, has been a high-profile surrogate on cable news programs, denouncing the Georgia investigation as “desperation at its best” and similarly referring to the federal election fraud case against Trump as based in “ridiculous” legal arguments. Lawyers for Trump and the 18 other defendants are motioning to have the case moved out of state court to the federal level, arguing DA Willis does not have jurisdiction to prosecute actions performed by former federal employees.
Willis, a Democrat elected in 2020, will need to rely on her political instincts to survive a trial in the court of public opinion during the case. President Trump has accused her of having an affair with a gang leader she later prosecuted, and a Georgia state senator has requested the state legislature convene an emergency session to review her prosecutorial conduct, typically the first step before impeachment proceedings.han