Giuliani's unofficial role allowed him to avoid White House disclosure rules: report

Giuliani's unofficial role allowed him to avoid White House disclosure rules: report
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Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Former US ambassador Yovanovitch lands a book deal: report Kerry responds to Trump accusation he violated Logan Act: 'Another presidential lie' MORE's unofficial role as President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff blasts Trump for making 'false claims' about Russia intel: 'You've betrayed America. Again.' Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE's adviser and attorney has left him in a position immune to typical financial disclosures released by White House officials, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

An investigation by the newspaper published Sunday found that Giuliani, unlike other top members of the president's inner circle, has not filed any financial disclosures with the White House since joining Trump's team as a cybersecurity adviser shortly after the 2017 inauguration.

His lack of an official role or title has reportedly allowed him to sidestep the ethics protocols required of other top aides like senior White House advisers Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate Blagojevich heaps praise on Trump after release from prison The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms MORE and Stephen MillerStephen MillerMulvaney says US 'desperate' for legal immigrants to boost economy: report Trump looms as flashpoint in Alabama Senate battle Stephen Miller's uncle says he donated to pro-refugee group as a wedding gift MORE. Giuliani has also had no contact with the Office of Government Ethics, which oversees White House staff, according to the Chronicle.

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Giuliani declined comment in a text to a Chronicle reporter. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The former New York City mayor's role in Trump's circle of advisers has come under heavy scrutiny by congressional Democrats due to his efforts in Ukraine to persuade top officials to open criminal investigations into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg campaign claims 'irregularities' in Nevada caucuses Poll: Sanders leads 2020 Democratic field with 28 percent, followed by Warren and Biden More than 6 in 10 expect Trump to be reelected: poll MORE and his son, Hunter Biden.

Critics of the president and supporters of the now-passed articles of impeachment against Trump argue that Giuliani's efforts as well as Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president in July constituted efforts to solicit foreign interference in a U.S. election.