Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and current lawyer for President Donald Trump, was among the dozens of prominent Republicans who testified before a Georgia grand jury in its investigation into voter fraud claims during the state’s 2020 vote count. The highly anticipated report was released today, but remains largely redacted. However, excerpts suggest multiple witnesses may have committed perjury.
The grand jury concluded that claims of massive statewide fraud were false and delivered recommendations for indictments to prosecutors. “A majority of the Grand Jury believes that perjury may have been committed by one or more of the witnesses testifying before it,” the report says.
The grand jury can recommend charges but doesn’t have the power to charge individuals with a crime. The document also compels Georgia state prosecutors to “seek appropriate indictments for such crimes where the evidence is compelling.” Recommendations for indictment remain sealed, following a judge’s orders to keep witnesses anonymous.
Trump did not testify in the grand jury hearings and is not currently charged with a crime. However, surrogates of Trump’s, like Liz Harrington, have continued to claim fraud, despite a lack of evidence to support their claims. This has resulted in anger directed at Georgia election workers, like Ruby Freeman and her daughter Wandrea “Shaye” Moss, who have filed defamation lawsuits against media companies and prominent Republicans.
The two-year probe into the handling of the 2020 election ended in January. Despite the grand jury’s findings, the continued claims of fraud have yet to be put to rest.