Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, surrendered to Georgia authorities on Wednesday after he was indicted last week for his role in an alleged conspiracy to undo Joe Biden’s win in the state.
Giuliani’s attorneys agreed to a $150,000 bond with the Fulton County District Attorney’s office, the second-highest in the case after Trump himself.
The former New York City mayor is facing 13 charges from the office of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, including violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, conspiracy to commit forgery in the first degree, and conspiracy to commit false statements and writings. Nineteen people are charged in the case, among them the former president.
Prior to traveling to Atlanta for his surrender, Giuliani told CNN he was feeling “very, very good” because he was “fighting for justice.”
He also exited his black SUV to address reporters after his booking.
“I am very honored to be involved in this case. This case is a fight for our way of life,” Giuliani said.
He then recited one of Trump’s favorite lines: “If this can happen to me — probably the most prolific prosecutor maybe in American history, and the most effective mayor, for sure — it can happen to you.”
“I’m feeling very, very good about it because I feel like I am defending the rights of all Americans, as I did so many times as a United States attorney,” Rudy Giuliani says as he heads to Georgia to surrender. pic.twitter.com/C122gGnXn0
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Giuliani reportedly enlisted the help of Bernie Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner who is identified as “co-conspirator 5” in the indictment, to find a Georgia-based lawyer to represent him, according to CNN.
Local counsel Brian Tevis represented Giuliani in bond negotiations on Wednesday, but told reporters “it remains to be seen” whether he will represent the former mayor in the case beyond the bond meeting. Tevis would not say whether he was getting paid to represent Giuliani, who is embroiled in legal debt.
Giuliani was spotted entering and leaving A 2nd Chance Bail Bonds in Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon.
“Rudy Giuliani leaving a bail bonds office after being arrested, processed, and released” pic.twitter.com/eZEhW3u3ZM
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Following his indictment earlier this month, Giuliani said on his WABC radio show he had “scientific evidence” that would establish he had good reason to allege the election was “crooked.”
Giuliani was one of the attorneys at the center of Trump’s scheme to stay in power, spreading baseless claims of election fraud and claiming without proof that voting machines were tampered with to hurt Trump.
He is also facing several other lawsuits over his election lies, including by voting technology companies Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems.
In Georgia, John Eastman, another lawyer who faced charges in the case, and Scott Hall, a bail bondsman, surrendered Tuesday and were released on bond. David Shafer and Cathy Latham, who posed as “fake electors” for Trump, as well as lawyers Ray Smith and Kenneth Chesebro have also turned themselves in and were subsequently released, according to Fulton County’s jail records.
Former Trump attorney Sidney Powell was booked at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, according to MSNBC.
Fulton County Sheriff's Office mug shot of former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who surrendered to Georgia authorities on Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the state's election interference case. Giuliani's bond has been set at $150,000, second only to Trump himself.
Trump has said he will turn himself in on Thursday and has reached a $200,000 bond agreement with Willis’ office. Trump has called the probe a “witch hunt.”
Last summer, Giuliani testified before a special grand jury in the case following a subpoena. Previously, the lawyer had also been informed he was a “target” of the probe, signaling he was likely to face charges.
The former mayor is also reportedly unnamed “co-conspirator 1” in special counsel Jack Smith’s federal 2020 election interference case against Trump.
Giuliani had reportedly previously pleaded with the former president to help him pay his legal fees, as he was running out of money, but Trump was unmoved at the time. On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that Trump plans to host a $100,000-per-person fundraiser to help Giuliani with his legal bills.
Apart from Georgia, Trump also faces criminal charges in three more cases: for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, for allegedly mishandling classified documents after leaving the White House, and for his role in a hush money scheme involving porn star Stormy Daniels.
Sara Boboltz contributed to this report.