Giuliani denies buying airline tickets in dispute with Georgia prosecutors who just cited his travel receipts as the reason he needs to testify ASAP in their Trump investigation

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.Spencer Platt/Getty Images
A dispute over Rudy Giuliani's testimony before the grand jury centered on whether he could travel to Georgia.
Giuliani said a medical procedure prevented him from flying, but prosecutors cited travel receipts.
Trump's personal attorney denied buying the plane tickets and said he had no idea about the travel purchases.
Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday denied buying plane tickets that local Georgia prosecutors had cited in their attempt to probe the former New York City mayor's testimony before a grand jury investigating the efforts of former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the election results of the state to reverse in 2020.
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A week before his scheduled appearance before that grand jury, Giuliani said a recent medical procedure prevented him from traveling by plane and necessitated a delay in his testimony.
But in a new court filing, local prosecutors at the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, Fani Willis, said they received records showing Giuliani paid for multiple airline tickets in cash -- "including tickets to Rome, Italy, and Zurich, Switzerland." – for flights between July 22nd and July 29th.
In a Tuesday court filing, Giuliani's attorneys said he did not travel by plane anywhere after his recent "surgical procedure."
"First and foremost, the state's pleadings are conspicuously absent from the fact that such trips never took place," wrote Giuliani's attorney, William Thomas Jr. "Second, Mr. Giuliani never purchased airline tickets in the event or for any other reason."
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Thomas wrote that Giuliani had been invited to attend a conference abroad and said that "presumably" the organizers of the event or another third party may have bought tickets on his behalf - "but this is not known to Mr. Giuliani or his attorney . "
During his foreign trip, Giuliani was scheduled to give a speech in Rome, his lawyer added. But Giuliani canceled his speech in Rome "only because of his health," Thomas wrote in the court filings.
"Mr Giuliani has no knowledge of anyone else buying tickets for him to travel to Rome, but in any case he didn't go."
The filing comes just hours before a court hearing on Tuesday — the same day Giuliani was scheduled to appear before the grand jury — on his request to delay his testimony. It was only the latest instance in which Giuliani admitted to having no knowledge of the planning and financing of his international travels.
Last week, the New York Times reported that Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash's firm paid for tens of thousands of dollars in Giuliani's travel expenses in the summer of 2019, a period federal investigators scrutinized during a criminal investigation into his ties to Ukraine. The nearly three-year probe into whether Giuliani illegally lobbyed the Trump administration on behalf of Ukrainian officials is unlikely to result in charges, the Times reported.
As that investigation seems to be fading, Giuliani is coming under closer scrutiny from the Fulton County District Attorney's Office. Giuliani has emerged as a key figure in this investigation, in which local prosecutors are investigating a now-infamous phone call Trump made with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, urging him to "find" enough votes to justify his loss to the then-president to undo. elect Joe Biden.
Giuliani was among the president's allies participating in a program to create so-called alternative lists of pro-Trump electors in key battleground states the former president lost in 2020, including Georgia. Court records have shown that Willis's office has notified all 16 pro-Trump Georgia electors that they may be charged in connection with the criminal investigation.
Federal prosecutors have also investigated Giuliani's role in compiling alternative lists of pro-Trump electors, and the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol has highlighted his role in promoting false conspiracy theories about the 2020 election .
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Rudy Giuliani
American attorney, businessman and politician, former mayor of New York City
donald trump
45th President of the United States

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