Rudy Giuliani has been informed that he’s the target of a criminal probe by Georgia officials investigating former President Donald Trump’s campaign for potential interference in the 2020 presidential election, his lawyer told The New York Times on Monday.
The former Trump lawyer and ex-New York City mayor is reportedly scheduled to testify in Atlanta on Wednesday before a special purpose grand jury.
But his lawyer Robert Costello told the Times that Giuliani will invoke attorney-client privilege if prosecutors question him about any exchanges between him and Trump.
“If these people think he’s going to talk about conversations between him and President Trump, they’re delusional,” Costello said.
The news follows previous reports that prosecutors have been zeroing in on Giuliani as a key figure in the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn his loss in Georgia in the 2020 presidential election. Investigators led by Fani Willis, the district attorney of Georgia’s Fulton County, reportedly questioned witnesses earlier this summer about baseless claims Giuliani made before legislative panels about suitcases full of secret ballots and corrupted voting machines.
Costello told CNN he’d repeatedly asked Willis’ office “probably six or seven times” if his client was targeted in the investigation but heard nothing until Monday.
Giuliani is the most inner member of Trump’s circle to be informed they’re the subject of a criminal investigation relating to the former president’s efforts to overturn the results of the election he lost to President Joe Biden.
Georgia activated the grand jury after Trump and his campaign made the state one of the main targets in that endeavor, with Giuliani insisting to Georgia lawmakers the month after the election that “there are 10 ways to demonstrate that this election was stolen, that the votes were phony, that there were a lot of them, dead people, felons, phony ballots.” Georgia’s own investigation into the election found no voter fraud.
Giuliani has resisted testifying before the grand jury since being subpoenaed in July. Last week, Fulton County Judge Robert McBurney said his excuse that he’s not healthy enough for air travel to Atlanta right now is unacceptable, and that he must appear before the jury this week.
“The very limited information I have from a doctor, from a very fancy hospital, is that air travel is not compatible with Mr. Giuliani’s condition right now. And so that’s why I’m saying is don’t do it by air. That’s plenty of time to make the trip — 13-hour drive,” McBurney said during a hearing.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said that Rudy Giuliani was scheduled to testify Monday in Fulton County, Georgia. He is scheduled to testify Wednesday.