Rudy Giuliani is spotted with his ‘girlfriend’ in New York as his lawyers ask judge in Washington to dismiss ‘fantastical’ Capitol riot conspiracy case
- Rudy Giuliani, 76, was seen leaving his apartment building with Maria Ryan, 56
- She is believed to be the former New York mayor’s girlfriend
- He has previously denied having an affair with her while married to his third wife
- They were spotted Thursday as his lawyer asked a judge in Washington to dismiss Capitol riot lawsuit
- 11 Democrats accused Giuliani of conspiring with former President Trump to incite mob violence
- But Giuliani’s lawyer described the case as a ‘fantastical’ conspiracy theory
Rudy Giuliani stepped out with Maria Ryan – his rumored 56-year-old girlfriend – in Manhattan Thursday as his lawyers tried to head off a lawsuit accusing him of conspiring with Donald Trump to incite the deadly invasion of the U.S. Capitol.
The 76-year-old and his close friend were spotted leaving his apartment building on the Upper East Side with a third man.
The pair then hailed a taxi and headed north.
Rudy Giuliani was spotted leaving his apartment Thursday with Dr Maria Ryan, his alleged girlfriend. They hailed a taxi and left together
Investigators in New York are probing whether Trump’s personal lawyer should have registered as an agent of a foreign government for work he did in Ukraine. Giuliani also faces lawsuits in Washington, D.C., over his actions during the run-up to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol
Giuliani was photographed with Ryan at a White House dinner in 2019 and the couple have reportedly been dating since 2018
Ryan stepped down as chief executive of a New Hampshire hospital in December and has reportedly been dating Trump’s personal lawyer since 2018.
Giuliani was pictured with Ryan at a White House dinner hosted by President Trump in 2019.
He has previously denied allegations that he had an affair with Ryan while still married to his third wife Judy Giuliani.
They were seen together as his lawyers try to end a lawsuit brought by 11 Democrats in Washington accusing him of violating the federal Ku Klux Klan Act on Jan. 6 by inciting a mob of Trump supporters to attack the U.S. Capitol in an effort to prevent Congress confirming Joe Biden’s election victory.
In a new legal filing, his lawyer said Giuliani’s comments during a rally that day were protected under the First Amendment.
And his accusers had failed to deliver evidence to support their allegation that Giuliani plotted with Trump and extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to trigger an insurrection, wrote attorney Joseph Sibley.
Giulani’s lawyers in Washington asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming he conspired with former President Trump to incite a mob attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6
‘This conspiracy theory is far more fantastical than any of the allegations of election fraud that plaintiffs claim incited the Capitol riot,’ he added in a motion to dismiss the case.
‘In their complaint, plaintiffs do nothing other than make the conclusory assertion that the defendants “coordinated, and executed a common plan” to engage in the conspiratorial conduct complained of.’
Their case lacks the ‘who, what, where, when’ needed to prove any ‘meeting of the minds’ occurred, he continued.
The former New York mayor was central to Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of last year’s election.
And he was one of the speakers at the Stop the Steal rally of Trump supporters that preceded the riot.
‘Over the next 10 days, we get to see the machines that are crooked, the ballots that are fraudulent, and if we’re wrong, we will be made fools of, he said.
‘But if we’re right, a lot of them will go to jail.
‘So, let’s have trial by combat.’
An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021.
That amounted to incitement to violence, according to the suit brought by Rep. Bennie Thompson and 10 House Democrats.
They accused Trump and Giuliani of launching a ‘concerted campaign to misinform their supporters and the public, encouraging and promoting intimidation and violence in furtherance of their common plan to promote the re-election of Defendant Trump, even after the states had certified election results decisively showing he lost the election.’
But Giuliani’s lawyer said the speech was clearly ‘hyperbolic’ and referred to a future courtroom clash rather than a literal trial by combat.
‘No reasonable reader or listener would have perceived Giuliani’s speech as an instruction to march to the Capitol, violently breach the perimeter and enter the Capitol building, and then violently terrorize Congress into not engaging in the electoral certification,’ he wrote.