Rudy Giuliani, who works as the personal attorney to President Donald Trump, is still being paid to lobby foreign governments.
Politico reports that Giuliani just last week sent a letter to Romanian President Klaus Iohannis that attacked his government's attempts to crack down on corruption in his country.
Specifically, Giuliani assailed Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), which he accused of committing "intimidation of judges, defense lawyers, and witnesses; unconstitutional phone tapping; forced confessions; and, unfair judicial processes."
Giuliani's letter attacking the anti-corruption efforts directly contradicts the U.S. State Department's official position on the initiative.
Giuliani says that he wrote the letter at the behest of a lobbying organization called Freeh Group International Solutions, which he says paid him a fee to write it. And while Giuliani did not indicate anywhere in the letter that he was writing on behalf of the president, he also did not disclose that he was writing the letter on behalf of a paying client.
"It is highly unusual, to say the least, for an American lawyer to write the president of a foreign nation to offer advice on that nation’s anticorruption efforts, [but] to do so without identifying the client or clients on whose behalf he is writing is astonishing," William Jeffress Jr, an attorney at the firm Baker Botts, told Politico.