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Senators still don’t have answers from DOJ on why Giuliani isn’t registered as a foreign lobbyist: report

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On Tuesday, ThinkProgress reported that the Justice Department has never responded to Democratic senators’ requests for more information on President Donald Trump’s counsel Rudy Giuliani’s status under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

In 2018, multiple senators including Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) asked the DOJ about the matter. But a spokesperson for Udall told ThinkProgress ‘DOJ never responded to our letter. However, we did confirm that they received it.”

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FARA requires that any American doing business as a lobbyist for a foreign government entity must register their work with the U.S. government.

Giuliani flatly denies that he is a foreign lobbyist, insisting that his only client is Trump. But he has, in the recent past, done work for an Iranian opposition group on the State Department’s terrorism list, signed up with the Bahrain Ministry of the Interior, and wrote a letter pushing back on anticorruption prosecutions in Romania, all while in the president’s employ.

Most notable, however, is his work in the Ukraine, where he recently planned to travel to lobby the government to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden. Ukrainian developer Pavel Fuks has claimed that Giuliani was explicitly hired as a lobbyist by Ukraine and the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, although Fuks has not corroborated this allegation.


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