Rudy Giuliani might not be having his best year. Aside from reportedly struggling to get paid for his time as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, and facing a lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems for spreading stories falsely accusing the company of election fraud, and, of course, having his license to practice law in New York suspended, he’s now the subject of multiple investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Back in April, Giuliani was subjected to a raid by federal agents, who searched his home and office and confiscated electronic devices, as they investigated his dealings in Ukraine. According to the New York Times, warrants made it clear feds were searching for communications between Rudy and Ukrainian officials regarding the effort to dig up or manufacture ‘dirt’on Joe Biden.
Now Bloomberg reports that Giuliani is the subject of another Federal investigation, this one for allegedly lobbying on behalf of Turkey, taking the country’s interests to then-president Donald Trump. While Giuliani has denied acting as an unregistered foreign lobbyist, he’s been accused of acting in another nation’s interest when he pressured Trump to drop money-laundering charges against Reza Zarrab, who, when he later pled guilty, implicated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Bloomberg notes that this case is not being treated as a criminal matter, because of the Justice Department’s leniency when there’s no evidence that a failure to register as a foreign lobbyist was intentional.
Rudy has complained that he’s being unfairly targeted because of his support of Donald Trump, though notably the investigation into his Ukranian dealings happened while Trump was still in office.
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