Manhattan federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating whether President Trump Donald John Trump Democratic 2020 hope against LGBTQ plans at City Hall Trump defends Syria at rally: "Bring our troops home" Pompeo adviser resigns : Report MORE Personal Attorney Rudy Giuliani Resignation of Rudy GiulianiPompeo Adviser: Report & # 39; Off-Script & # 39; Trump-Rails against impeachment, Democrats in heavy rally Trump's former Ukrainian envoy was fired after urging Giuliani to go through official channels: report MORE dealt with Ukraine and violated lobbying laws.
Two people familiar with the investigation told The New York Times that prosecutors are investigating Giuliani's efforts to undermine US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, who was ultimately recalled in Ukraine. The spring when Trump tried to pressure Kiev against to act on former Vice President Joe Biden. Joe BidenDemocratic 2020 hopef uls tout LGBTQ plans at City Hall Trump beats Biden at the Minnesota Rally and asks, "Where's Hunter? "Off-script" trumpet against impeachment, Democrats at violent rally MORE a major political rival.
The investigation into Giuliani is related to the case against two of his employees who were arrested this week for alleged unlawful campaign financial laws.
Ukrainian-born businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were accused of sending illegal donations to a congressman whom they hoped would help eliminate Yovanovitch.
Giuliani denied any wrongdoing, but admitted that he, Parnas and Fruman The former mayor of New York shared the information with American government officials and a pro-Trump columnist to undermine Yovanovitch, the Times said.
It is not clear how far the investigation has progressed, and the prosecutors have not signaled to raise additional charges against the case, according to The Times.
Federal la The Americans must notify the Department of Justice of any contact with the government or media in the United States made at the Director of Foreign Officials. Giuliani said there was no reason to sue him because he said he acted on Trump's behest rather than on a Ukrainian official.
Giuliani has emerged as a key figure in Parliament's impeachment investigation into the President, triggered by the revelation that Trump hired Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with Giuliani to investigate Biden.
Some Democrats pointed out the decision of the White House a few days ago to block aid to Kiev, as proof that Trump was trying to use the money to put additional pressure on Zelensky to comply with his request.