Giuliani surrenders on Georgia election charges, bond set at $150K

Posted at 5:15 PM, August 23, 2023 and last updated 6:31 PM, August 23, 2023

ATLANTA (Scripps News) — Rudy Giuliani has officially surrendered to Georgia authorities to face charges of being Donald Trump’s top co-conspirator in a scheme to undermine the 2020 election.

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Rudolph Giuliani is charged alongside former President Donald Trump and 17 others, who are accused of scheming to subvert the 2020 election. (Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)

Giuliani, 79, the former New York mayor, was indicted last week along with Trump and 17 others and is accused of leading Trump’s push for Georgia and other states to disregard the results of the 2020 election and appoint pro-Trump electors.

Earlier Wednesday his bail was set at $150,000, an amount that surpassed all prior defendants except for Trump, whose bond stands at $200,000.

Among those 17 others charged is Trump’s ally and former campaign lawyer, Sidney Powell, who also turned herself in at the Fulton County jail on Wednesday; her bond was set at $100,000.

“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,” Giuliani said Wednesday when asked about the case, adding that he is “fighting for justice.”

Giuliani denounced the indictment, agreeing with Trump that the system was being politicized.

“Donald Trump told you this: They weren’t just coming for him or me,” Giuliani said. “Now they’ve indicted people in this case, I don’t even know who they are. These are just regular people making a normal living.”

The news comes as Giuliani claims he’s struggling financially with substantial legal expenses, sanctions, and lawsuits arising from his post-2020 election work for Trump.

“He is having financial difficulties,” Giuliani’s attorneys stated in a Georgia court filing for a civil defamation case brought by two election workers. “Giuliani needs more time to pay the attorneys’ fees and would like the opportunity to seek an extension from the Court.”

According to CNN, the former mayor has now listed his three-bedroom Manhattan apartment for sale for $6.5 million.

While Trump’s PAC has paid over $300,000 to a firm archiving Giuliani’s records for legal evidence, it appears the former president is also headlining a $100,000 per person fundraiser for Giuliani’s legal defense on Sept. 7, according to a New York Times’ reporter.

According to the event’s flyer, the event, named “An Evening in Support of America’s Mayor, “will take place at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

This story was originally published by Scripps News, an E.W. Scripps Company.