Giuliani backs out of appearance before House January 6 committee

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Rudy Giuliani has backed retired of his scheduled transcribed interrogation earlier the House prime committee investigating the January 6 onslaught connected the U.S. Capitol, a spokesperson for the committee said Thursday night.

"Mr. Giuliani had agreed to enactment successful a transcribed interrogation with the Select Committee," said Tim Mulvey. "Today, helium informed committee investigators that helium wouldn't amusement up unless helium was permitted to grounds the interview, which was ne'er an agreed-upon condition."

Mulvey continued that Giuliani is an "important witnesser to overthrow the authorities and helium remains nether subpoena." Mulvey said that if Giuliani refuses to comply, "the committee volition see each enforcement options."  

Giuliani was subpoenaed by the committee successful January 2022, on with Jenna Ellis and Sidney Powell, 2 lawyers who worked to beforehand erstwhile President Trump's mendacious claims astir the election, and Boris Epshteyn, a erstwhile Trump White House aide. 

The 4 figures participated successful a November 19, 2020, property conference that featured baseless claims the predetermination had been stolen and that Trump had won successful a "landslide." 

Rudy Giuliani And Trump Legal Advisor Hold Press Conference At RNC HQ Rudy Giuliani speaks to the property astir assorted lawsuits related to the 2020 election, wrong the Republican National Committee office connected November 19, 2020 successful Washington, DC.  Drew Angerer / Getty Images

The committee chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, said astatine the clip of the subpoena that each 4 "advanced unsupported theories astir predetermination fraud, pushed efforts to overturn the predetermination results, oregon were successful nonstop interaction with the erstwhile President astir attempts to halt the counting of electoral votes."  

The January 6 committee sent a missive to Giuliani successful January 2022 that indicated the committee believes from witnesser grounds that the erstwhile New York City politician urged Trump successful December 2020 to nonstop the seizure of voting machines crossed the country, adjacent aft being told the Department of Homeland Security lacked that authority. 

Since then, Giuliani's instrumentality licence has been suspended successful New York and Washington, D.C. 

Giuliani's refusal to look comes the aforesaid week that the erstwhile president's son, Donald Trump Jr., met with the committee. A root told CBS News the interrogation lasted astir 3 hours, Trump Jr. did not plead the Fifth and described the interrogation arsenic "very cordial." 

The House January 6 committee, which was created past twelvemonth by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is winding down its investigative phase. Hearings are acceptable to statesman June 9, with Thompson saying past week determination would beryllium 8 hearings.

So far, the committee has issued dozens of subpoenas, including to Trump's allies, erstwhile White House officials, run aides and individuals progressive successful the readying of the rally extracurricular the White House earlier the Capitol gathering came nether siege. Four apical Trump allies — Steve Bannon, erstwhile White House main of unit Mark Meadows, commercialized advisor Peter Navarro and erstwhile communications authoritative Dan Scavino — person been held successful contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas, and the Justice Department has charged Bannon. All person said they are pursuing instructions from Trump, who has claimed enforcement privilege.  

The committee, comprised of 7 Democrats and 2 Republicans, is tasked with investigating the January 6 attack, erstwhile thousands of Trump supporters descended connected the Capitol arsenic Congress counted the electoral votes, a mostly ceremonial last measurement affirming President Biden's victory. Lawmakers were sent fleeing amid the riot, which led to the deaths of 5 radical and the arrests of hundreds more. Trump, who encouraged his supporters to "walk down" to the Capitol during the rally astatine the Ellipse earlier the electoral ballot count, was impeached by the House 1 week aboriginal for inciting the riot but was aboriginal acquitted by the Senate

Rebecca Kaplan and Ellis Kim contributed to this report.

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