Rudy Giuliani has pleaded not guilty to subverting Georgia’s 2020 election results.
The former New York mayor has waived his right to an impeachment and will avoid appearing live on television.
Former President Donald Trump also pleaded not guilty this week in the case, accusing him and 18 co-defendants of participating in a “conspiracy” to illegally alter the outcome of the election.
Guiliani and Trump’s not guilty pleas come amid uncertainty over how the case will proceed, with several defendants seeking to ‘separate’ their cases from the overall charge, which the Fulton County prosecutor , Fani Willis, sued under a RICO statute from the state.
Trump allies Trevian Kutti and Ray Smith also dropped their formal indictments and pleaded not guilty this week.
Giuliani, who was once considered a 9/11 hero, has struggled with a series of legal troubles in recent months.
Rudy Giuliani, who served as former American Donald Trump’s personal attorney, is shown in a police record photo released by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
Earlier this week, Giuliani was ordered to pay tens of thousands in fines for refusing to cooperate in a separate defamation case involving his comments about two Georgia election officials.
The fines are penalties imposed by Judge Beryl Howell against the former attorney for former President Donald Trump for failing to turn over electronic documents requested during discovery.
The ruling allows the case to proceed to trial in federal court in Washington, DC. It’s unclear exactly how much Giuliani will have to pay, but fines could reach nearly $90,000.
‘It is very simple. You shouldn’t be surprised at the outcome of this case. I knew instantly the judge was alive,” Giuliani told a DailyMail.com photographer.
“She’s the judge, I don’t know if she’s the first or the second most imprisoned on January 6 for the longest time.”
Giuliani faced the humiliation of having his picture taken after being jailed at Fulton County Jail in Atlanta earlier this month.
In footage released by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Giuliani can be seen staring straight ahead, showing a slight frown with industrial lighting shining on his forehead and a sheriff’s badge to his right.
His photo came a day before the man he once portrayed, former President Donald Trump, was due for treatment.
Trump himself lamented the arrest of his former lawyer online, saying the man accused of misrepresentation, conspiracy and soliciting officials to break their oaths was fighting for “election integrity”.
“The greatest mayor in New York City history has just been arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, for fighting for election integrity. THE ELECTION WAS rigged and stolen. HOW SAD FOR OUR COUNTRY. MAGA!’ Trump wrote.
This is a stunning and symbolic turnaround for the former Mafia prosecutor, who must now fend off charges of electoral fraud.
Giuliani used the RICO Act to take down the mob in the 1980s when he was a Manhattan district attorney. He is now accused of violating the RICO anti-racketeering law in an attempt to upset the results of the 2020 election.
He struck a defiant tone during a heated melee of Trump supporters, protesters and press following his release on $150,000 bail.
Asked by reporters after his release from prison if he regretted attaching his name to former President Trump, Giuliani laughed and replied, “I’m very honored to be involved in this case, because this case is a fight for our way of life.”
“This indictment is a travesty,” he continued, calling it “an attack on the American people.”
Rudy Giuliani, a provocateur, spoke to a DailyMail.com photographer on Wednesday, saying he was not surprised by the legal setback in a defamation case filed against him by Georgia election officials Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss.
The former New York City mayor also denied being drunk while advising Trump ahead of Election Day 2020 – a matter investigated by Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigators.
He has described himself as the “most prolific prosecutor in American history” and the most effective mayor of all time.
“If they can do this to me, they can do this to you,” he said defiantly during the melee in which he was physically pushed around.
A protester held up a sign calling Giuliani a “clown” as he rushed to his vehicle.
Giuliani, who faces 13 total charges, joined a wave of eight other Trump allies who showed up at the Georgia jail before the Friday noon deadline last week.
Trump and 18 co-defendants are charged in a sweeping racketeering case with trying to upset the outcome of the 2020 election.