CNN reports, Rudy Giuliani told by prosecutors he is a target in Georgia 2020 presidential election probe:

Rudy Giuliani has been told by prosecutors in Georgia that he is a target of the special purpose grand jury investigating whether former President Donald Trump and his allies violated the law in their efforts to flip the 2020 election results in Georgia.


A prosecutor from the Fulton County District Attorney’s office called Giuliani’s Georgia counsel on 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 us asking him probably six or seven times” whether Giuliani was a target, Costello said. He said the district attorney’s office previously declined to answer that question.

The development for Giuliani marks the first time a close adviser to Trump has been notified he is a target in a criminal investigation into the then-President’s inner circle around the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. Both the Georgia grand jury and the Justice Department are investigating the post-election efforts to help Trump retain his office.

Giuliani’s status became public on Monday alongside other developments in the Georgia investigation – with a court euling that Sen. Lindsey Graham must testify:

A federal judge in Atlanta has denied GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham’s motion to quash a subpoena, ruling that he must testify before a Fulton County grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

In her written decision on Monday, US District Judge Leigh Martin May sent the case to the Superior Court of Fulton County to hear further proceedings on the US Constitution’s “Speech or Debate” clause, the centerpiece that Graham’s attorneys argued immunized the US senator from South Carolina from having to testify in this case.

“Because the record must be more fully developed before the Court can address the applicability of the ‘Speech or Debate’ clause to specific questions or lines of inquiry, and because Senator Graham’s only request in removing the subpoena to this Court was to quash the subpoena in its entirety, the Case is REMANDED to the Superior Court of Fulton County for further proceedings,” May wrote in the ruling.

The South Carolina Republican is scheduled to appear as a witness in Atlanta in front of the special grand jury on August 23.

In her ruling, May wrote that there are “considerable areas of inquiry” that are not “legislative in nature” and said that the District Attorney’s office has shown “extraordinary circumstances and a special need for Senator Graham’s testimony on issues relating to alleged attempts to influence or disrupt the lawful administration of Georgia’s 2020 elections.”

There are new developments in several other criminal probes as well touching upon the ex-President and his advisers.

Those include the investigation into the handling of classified records at Mar-a-Lago after Trump’s presidency and the federal grand jury that is investigating January 6.

The January 6 federal grand jury subpoenaed Eric Herschmann, a former Trump White House lawyer and senior adviser, CNN and other outlets reported Monday.

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 told CNN 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.

Giuliani was ordered by a Georgia Judge to appear before the Special Grand Jury this Wednesday. The Judge told him that if he cannot fly, he should take a train, or a bus, or a car to the hearing. But be there.

So here are your two options, Rudy: you can either plead the Fifth Amendment and follow the code of omertà like a loyal mob consigliere, and risk doing time for the “Orange Mafia” Don; or if you do not want to go to prison in your old age and possibly die in prison, now is the time for you to cut a deal with prosecutors to flip on your Coup Plotter co-conspirators and become a cooperative witness to avoid prison time. I shouldn’t have to explain this to you. You used to be a federal prosecutor, you know your options.