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Giuliani Facing Inquiry Into Whether He Lobbied for Turkey

  • DOJ inquiry is separate from criminal probe of Ukraine work
  • U.S. could order ex-NYC mayor to register as foreign lobbyist
Rudy Giuliani
Rudy GiulianiPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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Rudy Giuliani is the subject of a Justice Department inquiry into possible foreign lobbying for Turkish interests separate from a criminal probe of his activities in Ukraine, according to people familiar with the matter.

For almost a year, the former New York mayor and personal lawyer to Donald Trump has been fielding questions about whether he was acting for Turkey when he pushed the Trump administration in 2017 to drop money-laundering charges against gold trader Reza Zarrab and also reportedly sought the deportation of exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Zarrab later pleaded guilty and implicated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a sanctions-evasion scheme, while Erdogan claims Gulen was behind a failed 2016 coup against his government.