Federal subpoenas seeking information on the consulting business of Rudy Giuliani, the personal lawyer of Donald Trump, suggest prosecutors have launched a broad investigation into potential money laundering, obstruction of justice and campaign-finance violations, according to The Wall Street Journal. The subpoenas, sent in recent weeks to the former New York mayor’s business contacts, seek information about Giuliani and two of his already-indicted associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. Taken together, it appears the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office and Federal Bureau of Investigation are scrutinizing the dealings of Giuliani himself.
Giuliani’s security consultancy, Giuliani Partners, is among the entities prosecutors are examining. Giuliani’s firm did business with clients around the globe, including in Ukraine. The subpoenas also seek information about the business co-founded by Parnas that paid Giuliani $500,000.
The potential infractions listed in the subpoenas include “obstruction of justice, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the United States, making false statements to the federal government, serving as an agent of a foreign government without registering with the Justice Department, donating funds from foreign nationals, making contributions in the name of another person or allowing someone else to use one’s name to make a contribution, along with mail fraud and wire fraud,” writes the Journal.
Giuliani has denied wrongdoing, telling the Journal, “All they have to do is come and ask me. … There’s obviously a concerted effort to spread as many lies about me as possible, to destroy my reputation so that I’m not credible when I continue to reveal all of the massive evidence of criminality by the Bidens.”