Klobuchar urges feds to investigate Giuliani

Klobuchar urges feds to investigate Giuliani
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: QAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem | Supreme Court upholds regulation banning robocalls to cellphones | Foreign hackers take aim at homebound Americans | Uber acquires Postmates Senate Democrats urge Pompeo to ensure Americans living overseas can vote in November The Hill's Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Reid Wilson says political winners are governors who listened to scientists and public health experts; 12 states record new highs for seven-day case averages MORE (D-Minn.) on Thursday urged the Justice Department and Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to open investigations into President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Bubba Wallace tweet was 'racist, just plain and simple' Beats by Dre announces deal with Bubba Wallace, defends him after Trump remarks Overnight Defense: DOD reportedly eyeing Confederate flag ban | House military spending bill blocks wall funding MORE's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE following the arrests of two of Giuliani's associates.

Klobuchar's appeal to the two agencies came hours after news broke that Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas had been arrested on campaign finance violation charges. The two foreign-born Giuliani associates were arrested while attempting to leave the country Wednesday night.

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“As the Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with jurisdiction over federal elections, I write to express significant concern regarding the recent arrests of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, associates of Rudy Giuliani, for violations of U.S. campaign finance laws and to urge you to investigate who is financing Mr. Giuliani’s efforts and determine whether he also violated the law by soliciting foreign assistance in U.S. elections,” Klobuchar, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, wrote to the agencies.

“While Mr. Giuliani has stated that he is not paid by the federal government or the Trump Campaign, we have no information regarding who is funding his work. Mr. Giuliani’s actions on behalf of President Trump may constitute political activity, and yet reports indicate that there are no Federal Election Commission filings of Mr. Giuliani’s services being paid for by the campaign. These discrepancies point to possible criminal or civil violations of federal campaign finance laws, which is why I am asking you to investigate the sources of Mr. Giuliani’s financing," she added.

The two indicted men were involved in Giuliani's efforts on behalf of President Trump to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump renews culture war, putting GOP on edge Atlanta mayor says she has tested positive for COVID-19 Trump downplaying sparks new criticism of COVID-19 response MORE, also a 2020 Democratic presidential contender.

Giuliani's efforts to convince the Ukrainian government to launch investigations into Biden have become a focus of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into the president.

However, Parnas and Fruman's indictment does not relate to their work involving Ukraine, and instead involved money allegedly funneled illegally to a pro-Trump super PAC.

Giuliani and other Trump officials have refused to comply with the House's impeachment inquiry, while leaving open the possibility of cooperating with the Republican-held Senate's investigation.