The Justice Department is investigating Rudy Giuliani over alleged efforts to lobby former President Trump on behalf of Turkish interests, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday.
In 2017, Giuliani pushed Trump to drop federal charges against Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader accused of helping a state-owned Turkish bank funnel $10 billion to Iran in defiance of U.S. sanctions. He also urged Trump to extradite exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen to Turkey, a top priority of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney and a former New York City mayor, made the requests on behalf of the Turkish government. The Justice Department could require Giuliani to register as a foreign agent and disclose his Turkish contacts, Bloomberg reported.