WASHINGTON (AP) — Rudy Giuliani, who as an attorney for then-President Donald Trump pushed bogus legal challenges to the 2020 election, met for hours with the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol, a person familiar with the interview said on Saturday.
The interview with Giuliani took place virtually and spanned much of Friday, according to the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment.
Giuliani was scheduled to meet with the committee earlier this month, but a spokesperson for the panel said the meeting had been postponed.
The former New York mayor is considered a key aide to the committee, which interviewed nearly 1,000 witnesses, including members of Trump’s family and advisers from his inner circle. The commission is planning a series of hearings in June.
In January, the committee subpoenaed Giuliani and other members of Trump’s legal team who were seeking to overturn election results in battleground states through lawsuits that made unsubstantiated allegations of vast electoral fraud. Trump’s own attorney general, William Barr, said there were no widespread irregularities that could have affected the outcome of President Joe Biden’s winning race, and judges across the country have dismissed the claims. allegations.
At the time of the subpoena, the committee said it was seeking records and an interview with Giuliani, and wanted information about Giuliani’s reported encouragement of Trump to direct the seizure of voting machines and his efforts to persuade state legislators to take action to overturn the election results.
Giuliani also spoke at the rally outside the White House that preceded the Jan. 6 insurrection.
CNN first reported Friday’s interview with Giuliani.
Associated Press writer Farnoush Amiri in Washington contributed to this report.
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