On February 5, A Republican-controlled Senate voted to acquit the president of both charges, but this did not signal a true ending or imply innocence in any way. On the heels of this acquittal, federal prosecutors in New York were pursuing an investigation related to Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
This investigation focused on the activities of Giuliani’s associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. The three of them were thought to be engaged in a shadow campaign to oust former UN Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch because they viewed her as a threat to Trump’s efforts to pressure Kyiv to investigate Joe Biden and son Hunter Biden.
In December, Giuliani told The Post:
‘I believe that the leaks and the investigation is intended to intimidate me as the president’s lawyer. I am fully confident that I did not commit any crimes of any kind.’
Giuliani called the NY prosecutors’ probe the “most unfair, vindictive investigation they have ever conducted.”
The news that the investigation is proceeding comes at the same time that the Justice Department is under heavy scrutiny over allegations of political influence from Mr. Trump.
On Thursday, Attorney General William Barr said that Trump never asked him to act in a criminal case including Stone’s. Barr called out Trump saying that tweets about the Department of Justice and its employees:
‘make it impossible to do my job and to assure the courts and the prosecutors in the department that we are doing our work with integrity.’
So far, Trump has ignored his request to stop tweeting.
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