Investigators should establish whether Giuliani violated laws to prevent foreign influence on political processes in the United States
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The New York Federal Attorney's Office intends to investigate the activities of the lawyer of the President of the United States Donald Trump Rudolf Giuliani in Ukraine, who previously promised to release evidence of KyivвЂ™s interference in the US election. It is reported by the New York Times.
Investigators will need to establish whether Giuliani violated laws to prevent foreign influence on US political processes.
According to the newspaper, the investigation is connected with the case of immigrants from the USSR, residents of the state of Florida Lev Parnassus and Igor Fruman, detained on Wednesday. The Southern District of New York State Attorney's Office on Thursday indicted them and two other people, in particular for violations of lobbying activities. Parnassus and Fruman are suspected of trying to secure the resignation of the US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Jovanovic, in the interests of a Ukrainian official. His name was not disclosed. The US Associated Press reported earlier that Parnassus and Fruman, on the instructions of Giuliani, sought to initiate an investigation in Ukraine against former US Vice President Joseph Biden and his son.
Rudolph Giuliani told the Financial Times that he was not aware of the start of an investigation in connection with his suspected violations of lobbying laws.
вЂњI donвЂ™t know anything about the fact that Manhattan prosecutors are investigating me,вЂќ Giuliani commented on the publication of the information that appeared.
Earlier, President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that he had not met with the personal lawyer of his American colleague Rudi Giuliani.
вЂњFirstly, this is not the level of the president of Ukraine вЂ” to meet with a lawyer, despite his experience and influence on the White House,вЂќ Zelensky said.
The head of state also recalled that there is a certain procedure for meeting with him, which involves contacting the Foreign Ministry, and he learned about the visit of Giuliani to Kyiv from the press.