Rudy Giuliani has responded to the indictment he faces in Georgia in connection to his involvement in Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results by expressing his heightened excitement upon waking up, attributing it to the fight he is now engaged in.
“I woke up this morning more excited than I have in weeks […] because I have a fight in my hands. And a justifiable one,” Giuliani said before declaring, “We are going to beat these fascist into the ground.”
The indictment claims that Giuliani played a central role in the scheme and aided Trump in spreading false information about the election. Among the 13 criminal charges, he is accused of pressuring public officials to breach their oaths and making false statements, including one that wrongly implicated Black election workers in fraud.
Giuliani issued a statement early Tuesday morning in response to the indictment, asserting that it undermines American Democracy and inflicts permanent damage on the justice system. He framed it as another chapter in a sequence of falsehoods with the intention of framing both Trump and those challenging the current ruling regime. He referenced previous instances of alleged lies involving Russian collusion, Joe Biden’s foreign bribery scheme, and Hunter Biden’s laptop.
The indictment arrived after a two-and-a-half-year investigation. Giuliani, known for his role in combating the mafia using the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) act, has now been indicted under RICO charges.
Apart from Giuliani, Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff, and Jeffrey Clark, a Trump administration Justice Department official who supported efforts to overturn the Georgia election results, were also named as defendants.
The indictment identifies 19 defendants, along with up to 30 unindicted co-conspirators who were part of the alleged criminal scheme. It asserts that these individuals unlawfully conspired to participate in a criminal enterprise in Georgia and other locations.
According to the indictment, several of the defendants made false statements to Georgia officials, urging them to unlawfully alter the November 3, 2020, presidential election results in favor of Trump.
Watch more in the report below from CNN.