Rudolph Giuliani, the former personal lawyer for Donald Trump, surrendered at an Atlanta jail on Wednesday to face state charges related to his alleged actions aimed at overturning the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor and mayor of New York City, was directed to post a $150,000 bond and refrain from intimidating any of the 18 co-defendants or witnesses involved in the case, as stated in court documents.
Following his appearance at the jail, Giuliani expressed his view that the indictment was an affront to the Constitution, labeling it a “travesty.”
In the same case initiated by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, eight others connected to Trump have also turned themselves in, as per county records.
More individuals, including Trump himself, were expected to surrender in the following days, as part of a criminal case revolving around allegations of attempting to reverse the 2020 election results in Georgia.
Despite these legal developments, Trump, a key figure in the 2024 Republican nomination race against Democratic President Joe Biden, persisted in promoting baseless claims that the 2020 election was illegitimate due to widespread voter fraud.
Giuliani played a notable role in the Trump campaign’s endeavors to propagate these unfounded allegations.
The charges against Giuliani stem from assertions of election fraud, which he purportedly made to officials in various states such as Arizona and Pennsylvania.
These efforts aimed to persuade officials to endorse an alternate set of electors during the official congressional certification of the election results, thereby keeping Trump in power.
Additionally, Giuliani and other Trump associates were accused of delivering false statements to Georgia lawmakers about the election.
Several co-defendants, including attorneys Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, Kenneth Chesebro, and Ray Smith, also surrendered at the jail on the same day.
They faced charges for their involvement in the attempt to overturn Trump’s defeat. Earlier, Trump’s former lawyer John Eastman and Republican poll watcher Scott Hall had surrendered, while other individuals linked to the Georgia Republican Party leadership were booked as well.
Efforts to move some cases to federal court were initiated by certain figures, such as former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark.
However, these attempts were rejected by a federal judge in Atlanta.
Trump himself pleaded not guilty to federal charges related to his alleged endeavors to overturn the 2020 election and possession of classified documents post-presidency, as well as charges involving pre-election hush money payments.