Rudy Giuliani Under New Campaign Finance Investigation

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Since public impeachment hearings began on Tuesday, Mr. Trump has been clearly implicated by testimony regarding his exchanges with Ukraine President Zelensky.

However, Mr. Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani may also be in deep trouble, which may serve to worsen the president’s situation. Giuliani is being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible campaign finance violations and a failure to register as a foreign agent as part of an active investigation into his financial dealings.

According to Bloomberg:

‘The probe of Giuliani, which one official said could also include possible charges on violating laws against bribing foreign officials or conspiracy, presents a serious threat to Trump’s presidency from a man that former national security adviser John Bolton has called a “hand grenade.”’

In addition, a second official has said that Giuliani’s activities raise counterintelligence concerns although it isn’t likely there would be criminal charges as a result of the actions in question.

Bloomberg reported:

‘Giuliani is a central figure in the U.S. House impeachment inquiry, which focuses on an effort led by the former New York City mayor to pressure Ukraine’s government to investigate the president’s political rivals. If Giuliani is charged or indicted, he could expose Trump to a new level of legal and political jeopardy, especially if he’s accused of committing a crime on the president’s behalf.’

Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said:

‘I would not be surprised if he gets indicted. It’s clear Giuliani is up to his ears in shady stuff and there’s tons of smoke.’

According to Bloomberg:

‘Democrats have called Trump activities with Giuliani’s assistance as a potential abuse of presidential power, while some Republicans have argued that Trump’s conduct doesn’t merit his removal from office.’

Bloomberg reported:

‘Giuliani is under investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, which he once led. The office began to scrutinize his activities in Ukraine as prosecutors investigated two of his associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. The two were subsequently charged in the U.S. with illegally funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to U.S. officials and a political action committee that backed Trump.’

Trump hasn’t shown any signs that he is willing to part with Giuliani although some Trump allies in Congress have attempted to put distance between them.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) said:

‘The Democrats’ motive is to bring Giuliani in front and center and they believe that by impeaching Giuliani they can impeach the president.’

Giuliani was asked whether he thought Trump “throw him under the bus” and said:

‘I’m not, but I do have very, very good insurance, so if he does, all my hospital bills will be paid.’

According to Bloomberg:

‘Senior State Department officials said at a House impeachment hearing on Wednesday that Giuliani was carrying out a shadow campaign in Ukraine earlier this year at Trump’s behest. Giuliani’s work included seeking incriminating information on Biden, and he also pushed for the removal of then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Giuliani worked with Parnas and Fruman on the efforts in Ukraine.’

George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of State in the European and Eurasian bureau said in his testimony:

‘I believe he was looking to dig up political dirt against a potential rival in the next election cycle.’

Giuliani could also face charges that stem from trying to get Ukraine to open an investigation into the former Vice President Joe Biden and son, Hunter Biden, or into whether Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. election and related to extortion.

Those charges could implicate Trump in criminal activity.

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