A prosecutor from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office called Giuliani’s attorney in Georgia Monday to inform him that Giuliani is now considered a target of their investigation, said Bob Costello, another attorney for Giuliani.
“This comes on the heels of the fact that we probably asked him six or seven times” whether Giuliani was a target, Costello said. He said the prosecutor’s office previously refused to answer that question.
The development for Giuliani marks the first time a close adviser to Trump has been informed that he is a target in a criminal investigation into the then president’s inner circle surrounding the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. Justice Department is investigating post-election efforts to help Trump keep office.
Those include the investigation into the handling of classified records in Mar-a-Lago after the Trump presidency and the federal grand jury investigating Jan. 6.
Costello told DailyExpertNews that while Giuliani will “appear before the grand jury,” he made no promises about how responsive his client would be.
“If they want to play hardball, we know how to play hardball,” Costello said.
Costello said he made it very clear to the Fulton County prosecutor that his client would not answer questions about talks between Giuliani and Trump, but declined to say whether Giuliani would invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
“If you think he’s going to talk to you about conversations he had with his client, you’re delusional,” Costello said. Everything, he says, “depends on the questions they ask.”
As for Giuliani’s reaction when he was targeted by the special grand jury, he added: “I don’t think he was surprised. He has no confidence or belief in this Fulton grand jury trial. It’s a political stunt.”
Giuliani, who served as an attorney for Trump during 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 the Georgia special grand jury after he failed to appear at a New York hearing over the blocking of the subpoena. The former New York mayor also unsuccessfully tried to delay his appearance, saying he was banned from flying after undergoing cardiac stent surgery last month.
Giuliani met with Georgian state lawmakers three times in December 2020 in the aftermath of 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 workers of smuggling fraudulent ballots for Joe Biden in suitcases.
Numerous state and federal officials have debunked Giuliani’s claims of fraud in Georgia, a state that Biden won by nearly 12,000 votes. Byung “Bjay” Pak, the former Supreme Federal Prosecutor for the Northern District of Georgia, was among those who testified before the U.S. House Selected Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 insurgency that overturned Giuliani’s allegations of electoral 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 far-reaching scope of the investigation, saying it could be “incitement to electoral fraud, making false statements to state and local government agencies, conspiracy, racketeering, breach of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the administration of the elections.”
This story was updated Monday with additional developments.
Katelyn Polantz and Tierney Sneed of DailyExpertNews contributed to this report.