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 TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question 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 ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway 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.”