Rudy Giuliani Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges in Arizona Election Case

Kaylee Everhart

Updated Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 6:56 AM CDT

Rudy Giuliani Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges in Arizona Election Case

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has pleaded not guilty to nine felony charges related to efforts to overturn Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss in Arizona. Giuliani, along with ten others including former Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward, faces charges of conspiracy, forgery, and fraud. The indictment alleges Giuliani spread false claims of election fraud and pressured Maricopa County officials and state legislators to alter Arizona’s election results. Giuliani also encouraged Republican electors in Arizona to vote for Trump in December 2020.

Giuliani appeared without an attorney, stating he felt capable of handling the arraignment himself. Arizona authorities had difficulty serving Giuliani with the indictment but succeeded on his 80th birthday in Florida. Prosecutors requested a $10,000 cash bond, citing Giuliani’s lack of cooperation with Arizona authorities. Giuliani claimed he hadn’t been hiding from authorities and called the indictment a political move and an embarrassment to the American legal system.

Ted Goodman, spokesperson for Giuliani, stated that Giuliani looks forward to being vindicated, claiming the charges are an attempt to interfere with the 2024 Election and target President Trump and his allies. Arizona authorities unveiled felony charges against Republicans who falsely declared Trump had won Arizona, including five lawyers connected to Trump and two former Trump aides. Kelli Ward, former state senator and Arizona GOP leader, allegedly organized fake electors and urged Mike Pence to declare them as true electors. John Eastman, who devised a strategy to persuade Congress not to certify the election, also pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In the Arizona case, Trump was referred to as an unindicted co-conspirator. Arizona is the fourth state where Trump allies have been charged with false claims about voter fraud. Eleven people claimed to be Arizona’s Republican electors, meeting in Phoenix on Dec. 14, 2020, to sign a certificate asserting Trump carried the state. Among those pleading not guilty were Tyler Bowyer, state Sen. Anthony Kern, Greg Safsten, Robert Montgomery, Samuel Moorhead, Nancy Cottle, Loraine Pellegrino, Michael Ward, and attorney Christina Bobb. The charges are related to their involvement in a plan to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona, which Joe Biden narrowly won and was certified.

State Attorney General Kris Mayes, a Democrat, announced last month that the Wards and their accomplices are charged with fraud, forgery, and conspiracy. Brad Miller, the attorney for the Wards, argued that the case is "an issue of First Amendment" and that "no crime has been defined by the attorney general’s office." Several individuals charged in Arizona have also been arraigned on similar charges in Georgia, where prosecutors allege Trump allies attempted to overturn the election results.

Giuliani taunted Kris Mayes in a now-deleted social media post, bragging about evading the charging documents. Mayes stated that agents professionally served Giuliani after his birthday party was winding down. Giuliani was ordered to post a $10,000 bond in Arizona and travel to the state within 30 days to post the bond. Judge Shellie Smith set an October 17 trial date, just weeks before the November 5 election. Trump, who continues to falsely claim that his defeat in the 2020 election was due to fraud, is not charged in the Arizona case but faces two upcoming criminal trials on election-subversion charges. Giuliani, disputing claims of hiding, cited security concerns for limiting access to his New York apartment. Giuliani is one of 18 defendants in the case brought by Arizona's Democratic attorney general, Kris Mayes.

Conservative Bias:

This is just another outrageous witch hunt by the liberal elite trying to sabotage anyone who dared to stand up for election integrity. Rudy Giuliani, a patriot, is being dragged through the mud by Arizona's leftist Attorney General Kris Mayes, who is weaponizing the legal system to persecute Trump allies. They can't stand that Giuliani exposed the rampant fraud in the 2020 election, so now they're fabricating charges of conspiracy and forgery to silence him. This is a disgraceful attempt to interfere with the 2024 election and punish those who dare to challenge their narrative. The Democrats are terrified of Trump and will stop at nothing to destroy him and his supporters. This is a blatant abuse of power and an embarrassment to the American legal system.

Liberal Bias:

Here we go again, another sordid chapter in the Trump saga where his cronies, including Rudy Giuliani, are caught red-handed trying to subvert democracy. Giuliani, along with a band of Republican operatives, engaged in a brazen scheme to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 election in Arizona. The charges of conspiracy, forgery, and fraud are not just legal formalities; they are serious crimes against the very foundation of our democratic system. Yet, instead of facing the music, Giuliani and his ilk are crying foul, claiming political persecution. The truth is, they tried to undermine the will of the people, and now they're being held accountable. This is about justice and preserving the integrity of our elections, something the Republicans seem all too eager to dismantle in their blind allegiance to Trump. The GOP's relentless assault on democracy must be stopped before it irreparably damages our nation.

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