A source briefed on the matter confirmed on Monday that Donald Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani is a target of a criminal investigation in Georgia that has been looking at efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in that state by the former president and his allies.
The move to designate Giuliani, 78, as a target rather than a subject raises the legal stakes for the ex-New York mayor, identified as a key figure in the attempt to reverse the former president's electoral defeat to Joe Biden in the state.
The office of Fani Willis, the Fulton County district attorney prosecuting the case, told Giuliani he was a target of the criminal investigation.
Willis has already told about a dozen other people they are targets, including two state senators and the head of the state Republican party.
Giuliani has had to face a lot of difficult choices, including whether to invoke his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination in a deposition or cooperate in the hope of leniency at sentencing, which was previously reported by the New York Times.
Giuliani is scheduled to testify before the special grand jury in Atlanta on Monday. The news of his target designation comes days after a Fulton County judge told prosecutors to tell Giuliani whether he was a target or a subject of a criminal investigation.
The judge of Fulton said informing Giuliani about his status would give some clarity on the extent of his time in front of a grand jury, given that he is scheduled to appear after having taken a long road trip from New York, where he lives.