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Giuliani withdraws from January 6 committee interview

WASHINGTON (AP) – A spokesman for the congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol said Rudy Giuliani, who led Donald Trump’s court efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, has withdrawn from an interview that was scheduled to take place yesterday.

Committee spokesman Tim Mulvey released a statement to multiple media outlets on Thursday night saying, “Mr Giuliani had agreed to participate in a transcribed interview with the Select Committee.

“Today, he informed committee investigators that he wouldn’t show up unless he was permitted to record the interview, which was never an agreed-upon condition.” Mulvey continued, “Mr Giuliani is an important witness to the conspiracy to overthrow the government and he remains under subpoena.

“If he refuses to comply the committee will consider all enforcement options.”

Giuliani’s attorney Robert Costello told CNN that even though the meeting is off, talks continue.

In January the committee issued subpoenas to Giuliani and members of Trump’s legal team who filed bogus legal challenges to the 2020 election that fuelled the lie that race had been stolen.

Giuliani also spoke at the rally in front of the White House that preceded the January 6 insurrection.

Like Trump, he suggested the certification of Biden’s victory was a crisis for the country and used rhetoric that alluded to violence.

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani. PHOTO: AP