Rudy Giuliani. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
The Justice Department is investigating Rudy Giuliani and his lobbying work for Turkey, a person with knowledge of the matter told ABC News.
This inquiry is separate from the prison probe into Giuliani’s enterprise dealings in Ukraine, ABC News stories, and it is unclear when it began.
In 2017, Giuliani was employed to characterize Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-born businessman primarily based in Turkey accused by the United States of cash-laundering, financial institution fraud, and evading financial sanctions on Iran. That 12 months, ABC News reported that Giuliani requested then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to have the case dropped; this didn’t occur, and Zarrab in the end pleaded responsible.
At the identical time, Giuliani was additionally attempting to get the Trump administration to deport cleric Fethullah Gulen again to Turkey, individuals conversant in the matter advised ABC News. Gulen, dwelling in self-exile within the U.S., has been accused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of inciting a coup.
An legal professional for Giuliani couldn’t be reached for remark by ABC News, and a Justice Department spokesperson declined to remark.
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