Senate Dems want DOJ review of Giuliani's work for foreign entities

Senate Dems want DOJ review of Giuliani's work for foreign entities

A group of seven Democratic senators on Thursday called for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate work done by President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, for various foreign entities.

The senators said in a statement that they want the DOJ to review whether Giuliani is in compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). They want to know if he has any undisclosed political activities, any delinquent filings, or any “deficiencies or abnormalities” in his registration statements.

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FARA requires individuals representing foreign powers in a political capacity to disclose those relationships.

The Washington Post reported in July that Giuliani was still working on behalf of foreign clients months after joining President Trump’s legal team, a revelation that raised conflict of interest concerns. 

“We write regarding public reports that suggest the President’s personal attorney, Mr. Rudolph Giuliani, has conducted a number of political and public relations activities on behalf of foreign entities that implicate registration requirements of [FARA],” the senators wrote in their letter. “Mr. Giuliani’s numerous foreign clients and ongoing communications with senior U.S. government officials raise significant concerns.”

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The senators noted in the letter that Giuliani reportedly receives compensation from the Party of Regions in Ukraine, which was at the center of the prosecution of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortJudge delays Flynn sentencing after sharply criticizing former Trump aide Presidential historian: Trump's actions may be 'definition of treason' if he knew about Russian interference efforts It’s time the UK cracked down on dirty Russian money MORE. Manafort was convicted last month on five charges of filing false income tax returns, one count of failing to report foreign bank accounts and two counts of bank fraud.

“As President Trump’s personal attorney, Mr. Giuliani communicates in private with the President and his senior staff on a regular basis,” the senators added in their letter. “Without further review, it is impossible to know whether Mr. Giuliani is lobbying U.S. government officials on behalf of his foreign clients.”