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Christian Berthelsen

Where Is Reza Zarrab?

Jailed in grim New York City lockups last year after U.S. authorities seized him en route to a family vacation at Disney World, he is no longer behind bars there. A lawyer for his accused accomplice says Zarrab has stopped participating in his defense.

Lawyer at Center of Russia Meddling Probe Looms Over Fraud Hearing

Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer at the center of a U.S. investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential vote, loomed over a New York court hearing late Thursday much the same way she has loomed over a U.S. election scandal for much of this year: silently and mysteriously.

Erdogan Links Alleged in U.S. Documents Before Iran Trial

A trader accused of helping Iran evade sanctions invoked the name of Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as part of a scheme that U.S. prosecutors say was supported by Turkey’s government, according to court documents.

Federal Prosecutors Issue Subpoenas in Manafort Laundering Probe

Federal prosecutors in New York have issued subpoenas as part of an investigation into whether former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort used New York real estate transactions to launder foreign money into the U.S. financial system, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Ex-Turkish Minister Charged in U.S. on Iran Sanctions

A former Turkish government minister and senior executives of state-owned Halkbank were charged with conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on behalf of Iran, while tens of millions of dollars in bribe payments were diverted to the official.

Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions

The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia in last year’s election is examining a broad range of transactions involving Trump’s businesses as well as those of his associates, according to a person familiar with the probe.

Giuliani, Mukasey Allowed to Remain on Iran Sanctions Case

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and ex-Attorney General Michael Mukasey can remain involved in the defense of a Turkish businessman charged with undermining financial sanctions against Iran, despite potential conflicts of interest.

Giuliani Retreats From Travel Ban Role He Once Bragged About

Just days after Donald Trump introduced his controversial travel ban, Rudy Giuliani bragged about the role he played in helping to craft it, telling Fox News that the president had called for a “Muslim ban” and asked him to find a way to do it legally.

Bharara, Tweaking Trump, Says ‘No Plans’ to Run for Office

Former New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara gave a speech loaded with tongue-in-cheek digs at the president who fired him last month and lamented an era in which ideology and politics have come to shape everything from policy to personal friendship.

Giuliani Sought Top-Level Meetings to End Iran Sanction Case

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani tried to meet with U.S. government officials and went to Turkey in an attempt to end the prosecution of a Turkish-Iranian businessman accused of helping Iran evade financial sanctions, according to prosecutors in Manhattan.

Trump Foundation Ordered to Stop Seeking Donations in New York

The Donald J. Trump Foundation must stop fund-raising in New York and turn over all delinquent financial reports in the next two weeks or face possible fraud claims, the state attorney general’s office said in a letter to the presidential candidate’s institute.