Rudy Giuliani’s legal woes mount as a federal criminal investigation into his Ukraine dealings resumes, report says

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Rudy Giuliani speaks during an appearance before the Michigan House Oversight Committee on December 2, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan.

  • A probe into Rudy Giuliani’s business and overseas dealings has resumed, according to AP.
  • The criminal investigation will look into the legality of his conversations with Ukrainian officials.
  • Giuliani is also facing lawsuits from Dominion and a Democratic lawmaker.
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A federal criminal investigation into Rudy Giuliani has resumed, according to the Associated Press.

The US Attorney’s office at the South District of New York has “returned to the question of bringing a criminal case against Giuliani,” the news outlet reported.

Investigators intend to look into former President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney’s business dealings and whether these defied lobbying laws, AP said.

There will be a particular focus on examining the legality surrounding Giuliani’s conversations with Ukrainian officials, Forbes reported.

According to two unnamed officials familiar with AP, whether Giuliani’s failure to register as a foreign agent is central to this probe.

A transcript surfaced last month of a 40-minute phone call between Giuliani and two Ukrainian officials in which he allegedly pressured them to investigate the Biden family, reported Time magazine.

This is reminiscent of the call which was central to Trump’s first impeachment inquiry, in which the former president spoke to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelnskiy about Hunter Biden, 

The investigation into Giuliani’s Ukraine dealings temporarily reached a halt last year after Justice Department officials attempted to block a search warrant of the former mayor’s digital records, The New York Times reported.

It has reportedly received a jumpstart because “the dust has settled now,” former federal prosecutor Kenneth F. McCallion told AP.

Giuliani said that he believes this investigation is “pure political persecution,” he told the news outlet. 

His lawyer, Robert J. Costello, told AP that he has “heard nothing” about the probe.

Giuliani is currently facing a number of legal challenges linked to his baseless claims of voter fraud during the presidential election. On Friday, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell filed a federal lawsuit against Trump, Giuliani, and GOP Rep. Mo Brooks.

Dominion Voting Systems have also filed a lawsuit against Giuliani, accusing him of defamation.

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New York prosecutors subpoenaed a property tax agency as part of a criminal investigation into Trump’s business dealings

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  • Officials are investigating if Donald Trump manipulated the value of his assets for loan and tax benefits.
  • The Manhattan DA’s office subpoenaed a property tax agency as part of the criminal investigation.
  • It is just one of many legal challenges facing Trump since he left office last month.
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The Manhattan District Attorney’s office subpoenaed a property tax agency as part of a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s business dealings, Reuters reported on Friday.

The New York City Tax Commission confirmed that they received the subpoena, which could likely result in detailed income and expense statements from the Trump Organization being turned over to the DA’s office.

District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has been conducting an ongoing investigation into Trump’s company over whether it has been inflating his property values to reduce taxes.

Last year, The New York Times reported that Trump had valued properties at significantly different amounts at different times.

For instance, his Seven Springs estate, located north of New York City, was purchased in 1995 for $7.5 million. When trying to get a loan in 2014, Trump’s company valued it at $291 million. On an ethics disclosure form in 2019, it was listed at $50 million.

Manhattan prosecutors previously subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, Trump’s primary lender for decades, seeking documents that could point to potential fraud.

They also interviewed Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, on Thursday as part of the investigation, Reuters reported.

A separate investigation is also being conducted by a New York state official, Attorney General Letitia James. James is also examining Trump’s company, as well as his personal finances, as part of an ongoing civil investigation into whether the former president manipulated the value of his assets for loan and tax purposes.

While there is overlap in what the two investigations are looking at, they are being conducted independently.

They are also just a fraction of the legal woes facing Trump now that he has left office, Insider’s Dave Levinthal has reported.

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