No Criminal Charges Are Expected to Result From the Giuliani Raid: News conference on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in New York, featuring former mayor Rudy Giuliani. New York prosecutors informed a court in a letter on Monday, November 14, 2022, that they would not be seeking criminal charges against Rudy Giuliani in connection with their investigation into his contacts with Ukrainian politicians.
To Yet, No One Has Been Arrested as a Result of the Giuliani Raid
On Monday, federal prosecutors informed a court in a letter that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will not face criminal charges related to his contacts with Ukrainian leaders preceding the 2020 presidential election.
After examining digital evidence obtained in April 2021 raids on Giuliani’s home and law office, prosecutors in Manhattan announced their conclusion.
Prosecutors in the federal government looked into whether Giuliani should have registered as a foreign agent due to his contacts with Ukrainians who wanted him to pressure the administration of then-President Donald Trump. Giuliani was also interested in the Ukrainians’ assistance in launching an investigation that could be damaging to Giuliani’s Democratic opponent, Joe Biden.
It stated that “criminal charges are not forthcoming” based on the present facts available to the government. After a grand jury investigation that resulted in the seizure of Giuliani’s electronic devices, they reported that the case was closed. On Monday, Giuliani wrote that it was a “COMPLETE & TOTAL VINDICATION” in a tweet.
A ham sandwich might be indicted by the prosecution. Giuliani, a former prosecutor like himself, admitted as much later in a Twitter broadcast. “I wasn’t even a ham sandwich,” he joked. It was a “complete success,” his attorney Robert Costello told The Associated Press. Thank you to the U.S. attorney’s office for your efforts. Our only regret is that they didn’t do it sooner.
In connection with a federal investigation into whether the combative Republican supporter of Trump broke a statute limiting lobbying on behalf of foreign governments or companies, sixteen of Giuliani’s devices were confiscated. It looked that the former mayor of New York City, once lauded for his leadership after 9/11, was in a legal bind that would be hard to escape following the spectacle of agents taking away laptops and smartphones during the searches in Manhattan.
A representative for the federal prosecutors, Nicholas Biase, declined to comment on the court document. Giuliani, now 78 years old, has been the subject of federal investigation on his activities in Ukraine for quite some time. He played a crucial role in Trump’s push for an inquiry against Biden and his son, Hunter, in Ukraine.
Giuliani’s goal was to discredit former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was removed from her post at Trump’s direction. A Ukrainian legislator, who later revealed smeared tapes of Biden, met with him many times.
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Former presidential candidate Giuliani has strenuously denied any misconduct. During the time of the raids, he stated that the Justice Department was “running roughshod over the constitutional rights of everyone connected in, or legally defending, former President Donald J. Trump.” There has been a noticeable lack of updates on the case or the status of the review during the previous few months. New York’s prosecutors stayed silent, suggesting they were not about to add Giuliani to the growing list of Trump aides facing federal criminal charges.
🚨COMPLETE & TOTAL VINDICATION🚨
I will be responding to the rightful decision by the Southern District of New York to drop all charges tonight at 8 pm ET right here on my Twitter livestream. You won’t want to miss this! https://t.co/U0sL0qeZX6
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 14, 2022
Since Giuliani is also one of Trump’s lawyers, a retired federal judge was brought in to determine if any of the data confiscated from his devices violated the attorney-client privilege. Though there are exceptions, his conversations with clients are typically protected by law.
Partially motivating Monday’s letter was the requirement for prosecutors to notify a judge that the court-appointed monitor was no longer necessary. Barbara S. Jones, the monitor, submitted her first report in January, revealing that Giuliani’s attorneys had urged her to prevent the prosecutors from viewing only three of the 2,200 confiscated computer files.
Trump and others have been looking into whether or if they can reverse Giuliani’s 2020 election loss in Georgia, and a special grand jury in Atlanta is still looking into that possibility.
In August, Giuliani appeared in front of a grand jury, but he returned to New York in good spirits because he felt he had “filled his commitment under the subpoena.”
In addition to Giuliani, several individuals involved in his business transactions with the Ukrainian government were indicted as part of the FBI probe.
Soviet-born businessman Lev Parnas, who helped Giuliani make connections in Ukraine, was sentenced to a year and a half in jail in June for fraud and campaign finance offenses unrelated to Giuliani.