The episode, including Giuliani’s attempt to expel Mary Yovanovitch, the US ambassador to Ukraine, prompted the House’s first impeachment of Trump.
Last year’s FBI raids against Giuliani appeared to be a sign of a particularly tough criminal investigation, as the signatures of senior Justice Department officials were required to search premises used by prosecutors.
However, in recent months, the investigation appears to have failed. On Monday, Manhattan-based federal prosecutors overseeing the investigation told a federal judge there was no need for a court-appointed special master to oversee the release of records from Giuliani’s home and office because the investigation was essentially over.
“The government is writing to notify the court that the grand jury investigation that led to the issuance of the above-mentioned warrants has concluded and, based on the information currently in the government’s possession, no criminal charges have been filed,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebecca Donaleski. And other lawyers wrote A two-sentence letter Judge J. To Paul Odgen. The letter did not provide further details on why the investigation was dropped.
Giuliani’s spokesman, Ted Goodman, said in a statement late Monday that the prosecutors’ move was a clear victory for the former mayor.
“The mayor has been thoroughly and thoroughly vindicated,” Goodman said.
“Mayor Giuliani and I are pleased but not surprised by the outcome,” Giuliani attorney Robert Costello told POLITICO Monday afternoon. “They are [prosecutors] By filing this I deviated from office practice, which I asked for months. … The guy’s reputation is trashed by this kind of stuff, and he deserves this statement, and he got it today.
Asked how prosecutors met the high-level evidence needed to search an attorney’s office or email account that came up without enough evidence to charge a crime, Costello said he believed the U.S. attorney’s office had been duped.
“The short answer you’re looking for: Someone lied to them. Someone gave them probable cause to believe that Rudy Giuliani committed a crime. It was clear that was not the case,” Costello said.
Goodman echoed that sentiment: “What was the possible reason for his iCloud seizure, the early-morning raid on his home and his law office? … The mayor took note when he called these measures dangerous, irresponsible and unconstitutional.
While it appears unlikely that Giuliani will face federal criminal charges, he faces a series of legal headaches over his actions following the 2020 presidential election. He has been suspended in New York state and in Washington, D.C., pending bar disciplinary proceedings over allegations he made dubious claims while trying to undermine Joe Biden’s victory. Giuliani also faces civil defamation lawsuits alleging that various voting machines were rigged to undercut Trump votes. The former mayor recently testified before a grand jury in Georgia investigating attempts to interfere with the state’s 2020 vote count.
Four others, including at least three people associated with Giuliani, were sentenced to prison in related investigations by the same prosecutors as Oetken.
Lev Parnas, who worked with Giuliani on Ukraine-related matters, was sentenced to a year and eight months in prison for various crimes, including defrauding backers of a so-called “fraud guarantee” initiative. Giuliani took a $500,000 consulting fee for his work on the business, but insisted he knew of no fraud connected to the company.
Another figure active in Giuliani’s Ukraine mission, Igor Fruman, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for soliciting campaign contributions from a Russian national.
Oetken sentenced David Correa to one year and one day in prison for making false statements and wire fraud as part of a “fraudulent guarantee” business.
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