Former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani will not face criminal charges in Ukraine foreign lobbying case, prosecutors say

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  • Federal prosecutors told a judge on Monday that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani would not face criminal charges in an investigation into whether he violated US lobbying laws while doing business in Ukraine.
  • Former top federal prosecutor Giuliani, who has previously served as former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, faced a grand jury investigation in the Southern District of New York for two years related to his work in Ukraine.
  • “It is very rare for the Southern District of New York to make such definitive remarks,” said Giuliani’s attorney, Arthur Aidala.

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Federal prosecutors told a judge on Monday that former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani would not face criminal charges in an investigation into whether he violated US lobbying laws while doing business in Ukraine.

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Giuliani, who served as personal counsel to former President Donald Trump, faced a federal grand jury investigation in the Southern District of New York for two years related to his work in Ukraine. Before being elected mayor in 1993, Giuliani was the US Attorney for SDNY.

The grand jury was investigating whether he violated the US Foreign Agents Registration Act, and his efforts to oust US Ambassador Mary Yovanovitch.

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Federal agents confiscated his electronic devices in New York in April 2021 as part of that investigation.

“The Government writes to inform the Court that the grand jury investigation for the issuance of the warrant referenced above has concluded, and based on the information currently available to Government, criminal charges are not proceeding,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams wrote Judge J. Paul Oetken on Monday.

Williams, in the same letter, asked the judge to end the appointment of former federal judge Barbara Jones as a special master, or watchdog, to review documents seized from Giuliani.

Arthur Aidala, one of Giuliani’s attorneys, told CNBC “it’s very rare for the Southern District of New York to make such a definitive comment” about his refusal to press criminal charges.

“And we are very happy but not surprised that they have done this,” Aidala said.

Giuliani’s spokesman, Ted Goodman, said: “The mayor has been proven completely and utterly right.”

“We hope this will help put an end to the persistent and unwarranted attacks on Meyer – a man who has been the most successful prosecutor of the most dangerous criminals in the last fifty years,” Goodman said.

But Giuliani, along with Trump, still faces an ongoing criminal investigation by a grand jury in Georgia investigating interference in that state’s 2020 presidential election.

Giuliani in August, another lawyer for Robert Costello told the New York Times that he was informed that Giuliani Georgia was the target of the investigation.

Giuliani suspended his law license in New York state last year after a judicial panel called his “largely false and misleading statements in his capacity to courts, lawmakers and the public” regarding Trump and the Trump campaign. was. With Trump’s unsuccessful attempt at re-election in 2020.”

“These false statements were made to improperly reinforce the defendant’s statement that, due to widespread voter fraud, victory in the 2020 United States presidential election was stolen from his client,” the panel said.

Giuliani’s license to practice law in Washington, DC was soon automatically suspended as a result of New York’s suspension.

Aidala said Trump has yet to pay Giuliani for legal work done on behalf of the then president related to the 2020 election results.

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