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Giuliani goes without a lawyer amid federal scrutiny

Giuliani goes without a lawyer amid federal scrutiny

Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday he’s operating without an attorney despite growing federal scrutiny over potential lobbying violations.

The former New York mayor and personal lawyer to President Donald Trump confirmed in a text message that “no one” is representing him, even as the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan reportedly probes his dealings in Ukraine, which have also become central to the Democrat-led impeachment investigation.

Giuliani had previously been leaning on Jon Sale, a former Watergate prosecutor and law school classmate, to handle a congressional subpoena for documents tied to his work Ukraine.

Facing a Tuesday deadline, Sale sent a letter to the House Intelligence Committee telling the panel that Giuliani would not comply, according to ABC News. Giuliani, meantime, explained to POLITICO that he wasn’t represented by Sale anymore. “Jon has done what I retained him for,” Giuliani wrote.

Federal prosecutors haven’t confirmed a Giuliani-specific investigation, though the U.S. attorney in New York who last week brought criminal charges against two of Giuliani’s associates for alleged campaign finance violations said during a press conference that the Justice Department probe was ongoing.

On Friday, the New York Times reported Giuliani was under federal investigation tied to his efforts to undermine Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who was recalled earlier this spring amid a wider campaign to pressure the country’s leaders into investigating Trump’s political opponents.

Giuliani said this weekend he had “no knowledge of any probe” into his dealings in Ukraine and that he continued to serve as a personal attorney for Trump. Another source familiar with the Trump legal team’s arrangements said Giuliani would still work on all impeachment matters but would be restricted from handling anything dealing with Ukraine because he’s also likely to be a witness in the congressional proceedings.

Sources familiar with Giuliani’s situation said the former New York mayor doesn’t think he needs to tap a new lawyer for any potential criminal case. But a back-channel effort is nonetheless underway to try to line him up with new counsel. Among the names floated include Marc Mukasey, though the former Giuliani law partner has his own conflict representing the president and his namesake Trump Organization.

Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine

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