Rudy Giuliani has turned himself in Atlanta for the purpose of being officially processed, as part of the ongoing inquiry by county prosecutors into actions aimed at invalidating the 2020 election results in Georgia.
Giuliani, a prominent advocate of unsubstantiated allegations that the election was fraudulently taken away from former President Donald Trump, is confronting 13 serious charges in connection with the comprehensive indictment for racketeering that was disclosed last week.
When he served as a federal prosecutor, the former mayor of New York City heavily relied on the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to bring charges against others. Ironically, he now finds himself as a defendant in a RICO case.
Giuliani has labeled the indictment as “a direct challenge to American democracy.” Prior to departing for Atlanta on Wednesday, he informed journalists, including those from CBS News, that he is optimistic because he perceives his actions as safeguarding the rights of all Americans, just as he did during his tenure as a United States attorney.
In addition to his debunked allegations of election fraud, Giuliani specifically targeted Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, who were involved in Fulton County’s 2020 election process. Subsequently, Giuliani admitted in a legal filing that he had made false statements about them. As a response, Freeman and Moss have filed a defamation lawsuit against Giuliani in relation to these claims.
Numerous other individuals who have been accused also surrendered themselves to authorities in Fulton County. Trump has announced that he will similarly undergo the booking process in Atlanta on Thursday.