Oh, Rudy what have you done? Were you a moth drawn to the flame of Donald Trump’s devilishment? Or beneath that prestigious New York City mayor and head attorney in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) facade did you find a kindred spirit in the ex-president. Somehow, Rudy Giuliani managed to feel exempt from the idea that everything Trump touches dies, a wicked price to pay for the fake glamour.
Giuliani has somehow landed himself in the headlights of a Department of Justice (DOJ) inquiry. At question was his potential foreign lobbying for Turkish interests. In addition, he was being investigated for miscreant activity in the Ukraine.
For close to a year, while serving as personal attorney to the ex-president, DOJ investigators have been questioning him, The Bloomberg News reported:
‘[Was he] acting for Turkey when he pushed the Trump administration in 2017 to drop money-laundering charges against gold trader Reza Zarrab and deport exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen?’
Zarrab decided to plead guilty and turn states evidence against the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a “sanctions-evasion scheme.” At the same time, Erdogan insisted that Gulen masterminded “a failed 2016 coup against his government.”
Giuliani’s activities in Turkey were not criminal as opposed to the investigation into the Ukraine. As part of that investigation, the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) served a warrant on Giuliani’s Manhattan, New York home and office in an early morning raid on April 28. The FBI seized all of the ex-mayor’s electronic devices.
Was the fallen mayor lobbying Trump for these foreign entities? Was he intentionally failing to register as a foreign lobbyist, or was that simply an oversight?
Of course, Giuliani denied the charges, and the FBI has not made a formal accusation yet. If the authorities decide that he did, indeed, act on behalf of these two countries, he may only receive a determination letter that insists he register as a lobbyist. In addition, Trump’s personal attorney would have to list all of his contacts with the U.S. and Turkish governments regarding Zarrab and Gulen.
Giuliani’s woes were just beginning. Last week, New York suspended his law license That suspension was unusual, according to NBC News, since the court had ruled that his spoken offenses were, indeed, a “danger to the public” and the nation at large. The Court wrote:
‘The seriousness of respondent’s uncontroverted misconduct cannot be overstated. This country is being torn apart by continued attacks on the legitimacy of the 2020 election and of our current president, Joseph R. Biden.’
‘The hallmark of our democracy is predicated on free and fair elections. False statements intended to foment a loss of confidence in our elections and resulting loss of confidence in government generally damage the proper functioning of a free society. When those false statements are made by an attorney, it also erodes the public’s confidence in the integrity of attorneys admitted to our bar and damages the profession’s role as a crucial source of reliable information.‘
He is also being sued for the big bucks, $1.3 billion, by the voting machine manufacturers Reuters wrote. Plus, members of Congress have sued him for his part in inciting the January 6 rioters to attack Congress.
Naturally, the ex-mayor has attempted to dismiss the lawsuits.
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