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Rudy Giuliani being investigated by the Department of Justice over alleged Turkish lobbying

Rudy Giuliani is facing an investigation by the Department of Justice into alleged lobbying on behalf of Turkish interests.

The probe is separate from the investigation of Mr Giuliani’s actions in Ukraine, according to people familiar with the issue, Bloomberg News reports. In 2017, Giuliani was hired to represent Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-born businessman based in Turkey accused by the United States of money-laundering, bank fraud, and evading economic sanctions on Iran. That year, ABC News reported that Giuliani asked then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to have the case dropped; this did not happen, and Zarrab ultimately pleaded guilty.

The former personal lawyer for Donald Trump and previous mayor of New York City has been hounded by questions about whether he was acting for Turkish interests when he urged the Trump administration in 2017 to drop charges of money-laundering against gold trader Reza Zarrab and to deport Fethullah Gulen, an exiled Muslim cleric.

The investigation into Mr Giuliani and his actions on behalf of Turkish interests isn’t a criminal investigation. An attorney for Giuliani could not be reached for comment by ABC News, and a Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment.

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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