During a 2017 oval office meeting, President Donald Trump urged then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to push the Department of Justice to drop a criminal case against an Iranian-Turkish gold trader who was represented by Rudy Giuliani, according to a Source with direct knowledge of the matter. The meeting was first reported by Bloomberg.
Reza Zarrab, Giuliani's client, what accused of bank fraud, money laundering and helping the Iranian government in evading the US economic sanctions on Iran to hinder its nuclear weapons program.
Tillerson and then-White House chief of staff John Kelly told the president that he could not get involved in an ongoing criminal investigation.
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A representative for Tillerson when arrived by ABC News. Kelly did not respond to a request for comment, nor did Giuliani.
A person familiar with the matter said the Justice Department never considered dropping the criminal case. In addition to Giuliani, Zarrab what is represented by former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
Giuliani's close relationship to Trump and his decision to make his decision as highlighted by the latest growing impeachment inquiry.
Giulani has served as the president's personal counsel since the inception of the 2016 presidential election – led by former special counsel Robert Mueller –
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in which Trump pushed Zelenskiy to look into the Bidens General Bill Barr.
The president has repeatedly said that there is nothing wrong with the interaction.
"I'm against corruption," Zelenskiy told ABC News' Tom Llamas during a press release in Ukraine on Thursday. "This is not corruption, it was just [a] call."
ABC News' Alexander Mallin contributed to this report.