Giuliani's Financial Web Unravels: Subpoena Targets Billionaire Ally

By Victor Smiroff | Wednesday, 22 May 2024 04:30 PM
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A committee representing creditors to whom Rudy Giuliani owes money has declared its plans to issue a subpoena to billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis concerning his financial ties with the former New York City mayor.

On May 10, Giuliani was suspended by WABC Radio, a conservative-leaning talk radio station owned by Catsimatidis. This action was taken after Giuliani, who served as Donald Trump's former lawyer, persisted in making discredited claims that questioned the legitimacy of Joe Biden's 2020 presidential election victory. In a letter addressed to Giuliani, Catsimatidis stated, "We do not condone these actions and do not want to be subject to the ramifications of your conduct under any circumstances."

Giuliani has been a vocal advocate of Trump's discredited assertion that the 2020 presidential election was manipulated against him. This claim has been repeatedly dismissed in court and by independent election experts. In December, Giuliani filed for bankruptcy after being ordered to pay $148 million to two Georgia election workers whom he falsely accused of covertly adding ballots for Biden.

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Giuliani, a staunch Trump supporter, is also facing a lawsuit from Noelle Dunphy, his former director of business development. Dunphy alleges that she was sexually abused by Giuliani, who used his position to "pressure her into sex." In a separate case, Giuliani is facing legal action from Dominion Voting Systems, a company that manufactured voting machines used in the November 2020 election. Some Trump supporters have falsely accused this company of conspiring to rig the election result. Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing in both the Dunphy and Dominion cases.

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On May 20, the Official Committee Of Unsecured Creditors, a group of Giuliani's creditors including the Georgia election workers, Dunphy, and Dominion, announced their intention to serve a subpoena against Catsimatidis. This announcement was made in a filing with the Southern District of New York's bankruptcy court.

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Specifically, they stated that they are requesting "documents and communications sufficient to show the nature of any relationship" between Catsimatidis and Giuliani or any entity or defense fund associated with him.

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This includes "any actual, contemplated or proposed contracts or agreements, whether oral or written, formal or informal, entered into between" Giuliani and WABC Radio or any other media outlet.

They also demanded "documents sufficient to identify all Persons and Accounts that have received income, revenue or other compensation for the benefit" of Giuliani related to his radio shows or "any other media appearances."

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On Friday, Giuliani was served with an indictment at his 80th birthday party in Palm Beach, Florida, over allegations that he was part of a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election outcome in the state of Arizona.

Giuliani was one of 18 individuals indicted in April as part of what prosecutors claim was a plot to falsely declare Trump the winner on fraudulent certifications of ascertainment for the state. He has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

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In an interview with CNN, Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes refuted Giuliani's claim that he "accepted serve like a gentleman," asserting that they were only able to locate the former mayor after discovering his location from one of his livestreams.

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