After talking to Michigan GOP leaders during Trump DC meeting, Giuliani will appear before House panel

By: - December 1, 2020 11:55 am

President Donald J. Trump recognizes former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Monday, July 29, 2019, in the Rose Garden of the White House. | Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian via Flickr Public Domain

Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is set to testify in Lansing Wednesday before the GOP-controlled House Oversight Committee on alleged “election irregularities in Michigan.”

Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, has been a key voice for Trump as the outgoing Republican president continues to sow doubt in the election he lost to President-elect Joe Biden. Michigan’s election results were certified last week with Biden as the winner.

At various press conferences, including one at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia last month, Giuliani has put forth a number of conspiracy theories and lies about the election, but he has yet to show evidence proving fraud. 

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) told the Associated Press that Giuliani called in during Trump’s post-election White House meeting last month with Shirkey, House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) and other GOP lawmakers.

Trump says meeting with Michigan GOP leaders ‘much different than reported by the media’

Giuliani was invited to speak by the committee’s chair, Matt Hall (R-Marshall). According to a press release, logistical issues had originally prevented Giuliani from attending a hearing. He was then invited to submit written testimony, but will now appear in-person on Wednesday.

The House Oversight Committee has not yet scheduled a time for the hearing.

“Rumors and hearsay are everywhere and our committee is attempting to get to the bottom of all of it to deliver people answers they deserve,” Hall said in a statement Tuesday announcing Giuliani’s scheduled appearance.

“We can go a long way to achieving this by going straight to the top. Mr. Giuliani believes there were many problems with how this election was conducted and has alleged that there was significant fraud in Michigan. I am glad we were able to find time to make this work with the President’s legal team.

“This is an opportunity for us to get definitive answers – in-person – about Mr. Giuliani’s claims and evidence, while we work to provide clarity and transparency to people who have taken issue with our state’s election system,” Hall continued.

Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown Twp.), a member of the committee, tweeted a takeoff on a 2007 Biden quip about Giuliani: “There’s only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb and 9/11.”

The New York Times on Tuesday morning broke a story that Giuliani allegedly asked Trump for a preemptive pardon.

“Mr. Giuliani’s potential criminal exposure is unclear. He was under investigation as recently as last summer by federal prosecutors in Manhattan for his business dealings in Ukraine and his role in ousting the American ambassador there, a plot that was at the heart of the impeachment of Mr. Trump,” the New York Times reports.

Meanwhile, the Senate Oversight Committee is meeting for what will likely be a lengthy hearing Tuesday to hear similar claims from residents and Republican figures who also claim widespread interference and fraud during the Nov. 3 election.

So far, no evidence has been presented verifying any of the claims.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).