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Rudy Giuliani tried to escape justice. This lesbian lawyer used his social media posts to nab him.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes reflects on her first year in office on Dec. 13, 2023.
Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes reflects on her first year in office on Dec. 13, 2023. Photo: Cheryl Evans/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes served Rudy Giuliani with his indictment papers after tracking him down through livestreams and social media posts he shared publicly, according to an interview with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.

Served on his 80th birthday, Giuliani shared public photographs and livestreams of his birthday party in Palm Beach, Florida. This led Arizona officials to be able to track him down just as he was leaving his party.

“We found him through his livestreams. He’s not that hard to find,” said Mayes in the interview, explaining how Arizona officials were able to serve Giuliani with an indictment on charges related to an alleged conspiracy to overturn the election results in the state of Arizona in 2020.

Giuliani was “a little bit surprised,” according to Mayes, although Ted Goodman, his spokesperson, says he was “unfazed.”

“He was unfazed and enjoyed an incredible evening with hundreds of people, from all walks of life, who love and respect him for his contributions to society. We look forward to full vindication soon,” Goodman said to Politico.

Giuliani claimed that he told agents where he would be, having only found out about their attempts to serve him 24 hours prior. Mayes denies this, and says they only found out through his social media.

Beofre being served, Giuliani posted to X a picture of himself at a party, writing, “If Arizona authorities can’t find me by tomorrow morning: 1. They must dismiss the indictment; 2. They must concede they can’t count votes.”

Mayes says that she had previously tried to contact Giuliani in person at his New York residential address, from which she and her team were turned away at the door. They were unable to contact him even after they waited outside. 

Additional attempts to get in touch with Giuliani by mail and phone failed. Giuliani had evaded being served his indictment papers for three weeks.

After Giuliani was served, Mayes wrote on X, “The final defendant was served moments ago. Rudy Giuliani nobody is above the law.”

Giuliani later deleted his post taunting Mayes, but she shared a screenshot.

Giuliani was indicted for, in part, “keeping President Donald J. Trump in office against the will of Arizona voters, and depriving Arizona voters of their right to vote and have their votes counted under the United States Constitution,” according to the unredacted indictment released on Monday.

He was allegedly part of a scheme to encourage Electoral College electors – those who decide the results of presidential elections typically based on the popular vote of their state – in Arizona and six other states to change their votes for Trump during the 2020 presidential election. Authorities believe he did this despite knowing the scheme was illegal.

He also allegedly pressured legislators to change the results of the election and falsely claimed that the election was both fraudulent and that officials “have made no effort to find out” if the election was fraudulent.

Giuliani has been indicted with conspiracy, two counts of fraudulent schemes and artifices, and six counts of forgery,

Mayes is the first out lesbian Arizona attorney general and an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Giuliani has a complicated record on LGBTQ+ rights, changing his position on issues like marriage equality multiple times before settling on supporting it. 

He worked as a lawyer and ardent supporter of former Trump, who overturned many LGBTQ+ rights and protections. Giuliani has reportedly used a homophobic slur in describing Matt Damon.

“It was a wonderful evening celebrating an American hero, Rudy Giuliani,” Caroline Wren, organizer of Giuliani’s party, told Politico. “It’s a shame that… the AZ Secretary of State’s office thought it was a good use of resources to send agents across the country to serve an indictment to a man who has spent his entire life dedicated to law & order and was just trying to celebrate his 80th birthday amongst friends & family.”

Earlier today, Giuliani pleaded not guilty to the charges, rejecting legal counsel in spite of not having obtained a copy of the indictment and instead “reading about” the charges, according to the Associated Press.

This is Giuliani’s second indictment, following an indictment in Georgia for his alleged attempt to get pro-Trump electoral college electors in place to change the outcome of the election. He is also filing for bankruptcy after having to pay nearly $150 million to two election workers he falsely accused of being involved in a fake conspiracy to make Joe Biden president.

Mayes further said, “This is a serious case. We expect him to take it seriously. We expect him to be in court tomorrow. We are doing the initial appearances for 11 other defendants here in Phoenix tomorrow. We expect him to be the 12th.”

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