Giuliani’s overseas work has long drawn scrutiny. ProPublica reported last October on his increasing foreign trips while serving as the president’s lawyer.
“He has often traveled to Russia or other former Soviet states as guests of powerful players there,” it explained. “And since Trump was elected, he appears to have stepped up the frequency of those trips.”
It added: “There are many things we don’t know about Giuliani’s trips. We don’t know whether he’s being paid, and if so by whom. Giuliani declined to answer our questions.”
At one point, ProPublica reported:
Giuliani appeared in the former Soviet republic of Armenia, which has close trade ties with Russia. He was invited, according to local press accounts, by Ara Abramyan, an Armenian businessman who lives in Russia. Abramyan once helped reconstruct the Kremlin and also received a medal for “merit to the fatherland” from President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Giuliani said he was in Armenia as a private citizen, but on a local TV news show, Abramyan implied that he expected Giuliani to carry a message for him to Trump. (The conversation was in Armenian, so it’s not clear whether Giuliani understood what Abramyan was saying.)
And recently, The Daily Beast reported that Giuliani’s firm, Giuliani Security and Safety, is now working for the authoritarian government of Bahrain, ostensibly to train police. The New York Times reported that Giuliani had worked as a lobbyist in 2017 for Ukrainian-Russian developer Pavel Fuks:
Mr. Giuliani described that work as related to emergency management consulting, but Mr. Fuks said in an interview that he hired Mr. Giuliani as “a lobbyist for Kharkiv and Ukraine” to lure American investors. “This is stated in the contract.”
All of which raises the question, from senators and on Tuesday by ThinkProgress: Is Giuliani violating the law by failing to register as a foreign agent?
Enforcement of violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act has been stepped up in the aftermath of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, which leveraged investigations of these crimes in its pursuit of links between the Trump campaign and Russia. Most famously, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was charged with violating the act for his work for a pro-Russia politician in Ukraine. Democratic senators have asked the Justice Department to look into Giuliani’s foreign work to ensure that it complies with the act — a particularly important request given his proximity to the president — but ThinkProgress reported that though the DOJ received the request, it hasn’t responded.
The issue was thrust into the spotlight last week when Giuliani announced he would be going to Ukraine to advocate on behalf of investigating Joe Biden, a top contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. He canceled the trip after a public outcry.
But it’s hard to have faith that the Justice Department will do the right thing and hold Giuliani to account for any potential violations. Each day, more evidence emerges that Trump is turning it into a political weapon, rather than a neutral arbiter of the law.
New Zealand may postpone general election after 4 test positive for COVID-19: PM Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month's general election.
Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand's borders.
A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.
Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors
Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.
ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.
"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.
‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’
President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.
At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."
After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack: