Giuliani target of GA election probe, housing recession looms: 5 Things podcast

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On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Will Giuliani testify in Georgia election probe?

A grand jury is investigating potential election interference. Plus, Trump-backed candidates do well in primaries, health reporter Adrianna Rodriguez tells pet owners whether they should be worried about monkeypox, the WNBA Playoffs are here and money reporter Terry Collins looks into the housing recession.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Wednesday, the 17th of August, 2022. Today, Rudy Giuliani’s potential testimony in a Georgia election probe, plus a roundup of yesterday’s primaries and more.

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Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to testify today in front of an Atlanta area grand jury. It’s investigating interference in the 2020 presidential election. Giuliani, the personal attorney of former President Donald Trump, has made claims that voting systems altered ballots in Georgia, despite ignoring a hand count audit that confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory in the state. The former New York City mayor has also said that thousands of underage voters, felons, and even dead people voted, claims that were debunked by the Georgia Secretary of State. And he vaguely said ballots were stolen from facilities.

Rudy Guiliani:

You have, live from Atlanta, you’ve got voter fraud right in front of people’s eyes, blatant, clear, obvious. You have to be a fool to ignore it, or worse.

Taylor Wilson:

Giuliani is one of several high profile Trump affiliates who have been subpoenaed for testimony this month. They include Republican Senator Lindsay Graham, who challenged his subpoena. But a federal judge this week denied his bid to avoid testifying. Other Trump lawyers will also face the grand jury later this month. As for Giuliani, his attorney said that Fulton County prosecutors in Atlanta now consider him a target of their investigation. That’s an escalation from his initial status as a material witness in the investigation. According to court documents seeking Giuliani’s appearance, Fulton County authorities are highlighting his December, 2020 appearance in front of the Georgia State Senate, when he gave a video recording of election workers supposedly showing suitcases of unlawful ballots from unknown sources outside the view of election poll watchers. Within 24 hours of that hearing, though, the video was discredited by the Secretary of State’s office, showing no voter fraud of any kind.

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