Former lawyer to Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani was set to make an appearance for an interview with the January 6 Select Committee on May 6 but canceled it when his demand to record proceedings was denied. The move throws into peril the chances of his collaboration in the investigation.
This move by Rudy Giuliani to back out of an appearance before the committee comes after the Committee refused to accede to his demand to make a recording of the interview. It dampens the prospect that the Committee may secure testimony and documents from a key figure in Donald Trump’s conspiracy to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential elections.
The public hearing is slated for June and Rudy Giuliani was projected to reveal his co-conspirators in the Republican camp. He was also expected to open up about matters that are not protected by attorney-client or executive privilege. It was part of the negotiation deal his legal team has been trying to negotiate for months to get him off the hook.
Rudy Giuliani Had Earlier Agreed To Partially Cooperate To Save Himself
Rudy Giuliani was the attorney of the former president. He earlier informed the Committee of his willingness to hand over incriminating materials about the schemes initiated by Trump to upturn the results of the presidential elections. This matter was defined in an earlier subpoena.
But Rudy Giuliani backtracked and informed the panel that he would appear before it only if the interview was not according to the subpoena, and if he did not face future charges of violating claims to privilege. This was because he said he considered the investigation illegal in the first place.
The panel made a deal with Rudy Giuliani that he would be exempt from being held in contempt if he provided information to the Committee the panel would not get otherwise, while also not betraying Trump.
But Giuliani’s demand to have the proceeding recorded to avoid being trapped for perjury in the subsequent investigation was not acceptable to the panel.