Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

Prosecutors in New York do not plan to criminally charge Rudy Giuliani in connection with an investigation into his interactions with Ukrainian figures, they revealed in a letter to a judge Monday in what Giuliani’s lawyer called a “complete victory.”

They said they made the decision after reviewing evidence from raids on his residence and law office in April 2021. Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Giuliani’s dealings with individuals in Ukraine ahead of the 2020 election required him to register as a foreign agent.

Prosecutors said the grand jury investigation that led to the warrants that resulted in the seizure of Giuliani’s electronic devices has concluded.

They said that, according to currently available information, there will be no criminal charges.

“In my line of work, we would call that a total win,” Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, told The Associated Press. “We appreciate what the US attorney did. We just wish they had done it much sooner.”

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Sixteen of Giuliani’s devices were seized as part of a federal investigation into his interactions with Ukrainian individuals to determine whether he violated laws governing lobbying on behalf of foreign states or entities.

Giuliani is a lawyer, former mayor of New York and former personal attorney of former President Donald Trump. His communications with clients are generally protected by law, although there are exceptions.

Giuliani claimed during the investigation that he had done nothing wrong. At the time prosecutors filed the motion, Giuliani was on a talk show and was apparently unaware of the developments.

Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for federal prosecutors, declined to comment on the court filing.

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Giuliani remains the target of a special grand jury in Atlanta that is investigating attempts by Trump and others to overturn the former president’s 2020 election defeat in Georgia.

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Giuliani testified before a grand jury in August, but was upbeat when he returned to New York, saying he had “fulfilled his obligation under the subpoena.”

The prosecutor’s letter quietly ends an investigation that began with much fanfare in April 2021 when federal agents were seen taking away computers and cell phones in searches in Manhattan.

Soon after, prosecutors said the FBI successfully retrieved 11 of the devices and returned them to Giuliani, but it took more time to unlock seven others.

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Monday’s letter was prompted in part by the need for prosecutors to tell the judge that a former federal judge who oversaw an inspection of the electronic device privilege to see what must be excluded from review by criminal prosecutors is no longer needed.

The monitor appointed by Barbara S. Jones filed the first report in January revealing that Giuliani’s lawyers had asked her to prevent prosecutors from seeing just three of the 2,200 seized electronic files deemed relevant to the investigation.

But over the past few months, news of any further progress on the audit or any other aspect of the case has largely disappeared. Prosecutors in New York have been silent, a signal that Giuliani is unlikely to be added to the long list of Trump associates charged with federal crimes.

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Giuliani, 78, has been under federal scrutiny for several years for his ties to Ukraine. He has been central to Trump’s efforts to dig up dirt on Democratic rival Joe Biden and to pressure Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter.

He also sought to undermine Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, who was expelled on Trump’s orders. He also met several times with the Ukrainian lawmaker who released edited videos of Biden in an attempt to smear him before the election.

Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor and former presidential candidate, has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. At the time of the hearing, he accused the Justice Department of “grossly violating the constitutional rights of anyone involved in or legally defending former President Donald J. Trump.”

Tucker called from Washington.

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