Rudy Giuliani Served Indictment Documents in Arizona Election Fraud Case During His 80th Birthday Party

Giuliani was the last of 18 defendants in the case to be served, according to the Arizona Attorney General's office

<p> Rob Kim/Getty </p> Rudy Giuliani in 2022

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Rudy Giuliani in 2022

Rudy Giuliani has been served with indictment papers for his alleged involvement in the so-called scheme to steal votes in the 2020 presidential election.

On Friday, May 17, Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes announced via X (formerly Twitter) that the former New York City mayor has been served, noting that he was the final defendant in the case to have been handed the indictment documents that charge him with conspiracy, fraud and forgery.

"Nobody is above the law," Mayes wrote.

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According to reports from NBC News and the Arizona Republic, Giuliani received the documents during his 80th birthday party in Palm Beach, Fla., hosted by Caroline Wren, an advisor to Arizona Republican Senate candidate Kari Lake.

Before the attorney was handed the documents, Giuliani taunted Mayes by sharing photos of him posing with guests at his birthday celebration as balloons floated in the background, writing in a now-deleted X post: "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."

Ted Goodman, a spokesperson for Giuliani, told NBC News that he was not bothered by the interruption to his birthday party.

"The mayor was unphased by the decision to try and embarrass him during his 80th birthday party. He enjoyed an incredible evening with hundreds of people who love him—from all walks of life—and we look forward to full vindication soon," Goodman wrote in a statement to the outlet.

Giuliani is one of 18 people, including former President Donald Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows named in the indictment — which was filed on April 24, per the Associated Press — for their roles in an alleged attempt to overturn the 2020 election results in Arizona in favor of Trump.

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Getty Images Rudy Giuliani
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The Arizona Attorney General's office notably has difficulty serving Guiliani in the case, and several other defendants are much further along in their legal proceedings. NBC reported that 11 other defendants are set to be arraigned on Tuesday, May 21.

Richie Taylor, the communications director for Mayes, previously told Spectrum News New York that agents could not find Guiliani for weeks.

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"Agents spent two days (April 25-26) in New York City attempting to serve the defendant at his residence. Multiple attempts to contact the defendant by telephone to arrange service were also unsuccessful," Taylor told the outlet, adding that agents even spoke with front desk workers in the former mayor's apartment building in an attempt to make contact. "The defendant was also sent service via certified mail, we have not received notification that attempt was successful either."

The Arizona indictment alleges that Trump's former attorney "spread false claims of election fraud in Arizona and nationally" and that he "pressured the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Arizona legislators to change the outcome of Arizona's election."

"[He] was responsible for encouraging Republican electors in Arizona and in six other contested states to vote for Trump-Pence on December 14, 2020," the indictment alleges.

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