Rudy Giuliani told by prosecutors he is a target in Georgia 2020 presidential election investigation

A prosecutor from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office called Giuliani’s attorney in Georgia on Monday to advise that Giuliani is now considered a target of their investigation, said Bob Costello, another attorney for Giuliani.

“It comes after we asked him probably six or seven times ‘if Giuliani was a target,’ Costello said. He said the district attorney’s office had previously declined to answer that question.

Giuliani being told by prosecutors that he is the target of the investigation was first reported by The New York Times. The district attorney’s office declined to comment to CNN for this story.

Costello said Giuliani will still appear before the special grand jury on Wednesday, but declined to say whether his client would invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Giuliani, who served as Trump’s attorney in the 2020 election, was ordered by an Atlanta-area judge to appear in person before the special grand jury this week.

Giuliani was subpoenaed in July and a New York judge ordered the former mayor to testify before Georgia’s special grand jury after he failed to appear for a hearing in New York to block the assignment. The former New York mayor also tried unsuccessfully to delay his appearance, saying he shouldn’t fly after undergoing heart stent surgery last month.

Giuliani met with Georgia state lawmakers three times in December 2020 the day after the presidential election — twice in person and once remotely. During the meetings, Giuliani spread conspiracy theories about widespread irregularities and fraud in the state. Among his many false claims, Giuliani accused two Atlanta election officials of passing fraudulent ballots for Joe Biden in suitcases.

Democratic state lawmakers previously told CNN’s grand jury about testimony they were asked to give as part of the district attorney’s investigation that covered Giuliani’s conduct. They said they testified about Giuliani’s appearance at a Georgia Senate subcommittee hearing on December 3, 2020, during which Giuliani pushed false allegations of mass voter fraud.

Many state and federal officials have debunked Giuliani’s fraud allegations in Georgia, a state Biden won by nearly 12,000 votes. Byung “Bjay” Pak, the former chief federal prosecutor for the Northern District of Georgia, was among those who testified before the United States House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection that allegations of Giuliani’s election fraud in Fulton County had been investigated by federal authorities and found to be false.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, a Democrat, detailed the sweeping scope of the investigation, saying it includes a “potential solicitation of voter fraud, making false statements to state government bodies and premises, conspiracy, racketeering, breach of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the administration of the election.”

On Monday, a federal judge also rejected an offer by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to entirely quash a grand jury subpoena in the Willis investigation. The judge remanded the dispute to a state court for further processing.

This story was updated with additional developments on Monday.

CNN’s Tierney Sneed contributed to this report.


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