New York (AP) – As Merrick Garland prepares to become Attorney General next week, one of the first major questions he is likely to face is what to do about Rudy ul Uliani.
Last year, the federal investigation into the New York mayor’s close ally of former President Donald Trump Drenald Trump’s foreign affairs deal was halted because of a dispute over last year’s investigation tactics, as Trump was unsuccessful in seeking a re-election. contest on behalf of Trump.
But since then, the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan has returned to prosecuting Giuliani, focusing at least in part on whether he violated US lobbying laws by not being registered as a foreign agent in his case, according to a current. և One former law enforcement officer familiar with the inquiry. The officials were not authorized to discuss the case, they spoke on condition of anonymity.
The arrival of the new leadership team in Washington probably guarantees a new look at the investigation. No matter how it develops, the investigation ensures that the Justice Department, which wants to move forward after a tumultuous four years, will still have to deal with the unresolved, politically charged issues of the Trump era. Not to mention calls by some Democrats to investigate Trump. ,
The full scope of the investigation is unclear, but it includes at least part of Giuliani’s dealings with Ukraine, officials said.
Trump ullian, Trump’s personal lawyer, was instrumental in the then-president’s efforts to dig deep into Democratic rivals Biden to put pressure on Ukraine to launch an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter, who is now facing criminal charges in the Justice Department. Ul Uliani also tried to overthrow former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was ousted by Trump’s order, and met several times with a Ukrainian lawmaker who released Biden’s edited recordings in an attempt to tarnish him before the election.
The Foreign Agents Registration Act requires that people lobbying on behalf of a foreign government or organization be registered with the Ministry of Justice. The once-obscure law aimed at improving transparency has received a great deal of attention in recent years, particularly during an investigation by former special adviser Robert Mueller, which uncovered a range of external influences in the United States.
Last year, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office filed a search warrant for the records, including some of Giuliani’s messages, but Trump’s Justice Department officials did not sign the inquiry, according to many people familiar with the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Officials with the Deputy Attorney General have raised concerns about the scope of the inquiry, which they believe contains communications that could be covered by the legal privilege of iani uliani’s Trump և by receiving notes.
The Ministry of Justice demands that the search warrants sent to lawyers be approved by high-ranking officials of the department.
“They decided it was best to postpone it until the dust had settled and the dust was gone,” said Kenneth F. Kennedy. McCallion, a former federal prosecutor representing Ukrainian clients involved in the inquiry, said the investigation was linked to federal authorities.
McCallion declined to comment to his clients, saying he was not authorized to do so. He has previously nominated former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Ul Uliani lawyer Robert Cost. Costello told the Associated Press that he had “not heard anything” from federal prosecutors about Ulysses.
It is possible that ul uliani may try to claim that his actions were not carried out by a foreign state, but by the order of the President, as his personal lawyer, so registration will not be required by federal law.
In a text message to the AP on Thursday, Ulian wrote that “he has never presented anything to another US foreigner.”
“It is a purely political persecution,” he said of the investigation. The US Attorney’s Office declined to comment.
McCallion said that the federal authorities were asking questions about the wide range of international transactions of Giuliani, that “everything was on the table” because of his work in Ukraine. He said the poll was not entirely focused on Ukraine, but declined to elaborate.
An investigation into Ul Uliani’s lobbying first surfaced in October 2019, when The New York Times reported that the federal prosecutor’s office was investigating efforts to oust Yulanovich, who was recalled by Trump for asking for dirt from Ukraine to help pressure Ukraine prospects for re-election.
The federal prosecutor’s office is investigating the case of Giuliani in connection with the criminal case against Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born business partner from Florida, and Igor Fruman, who played a key role in Uliani’s efforts to investigate Ukrainian corruption against the Bidens.
Parnassin and Freeman have been charged with embezzling money from local and federal politicians in New York, N’Djada and other states in an attempt to gain support for a new marijuana entertainment business.
Ul Uliani said that he was not aware of the illegal donations, did not see any evidence that Parnassus and Fruman had done anything wrong.
Tucker and Balsamo reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Larry Newmeister contributed to this New York report.