Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, will not be charged for his lobbying activities in Ukraine, at the heart of the former president’s first impeachment trial, federal prosecutors announced Monday (November 14th).
In April 2021, the apartment of the former mayor of New York had been the subject of a high-profile search and “electronic appliances” had been seized as part of an investigation into his activities in Ukraine. “The government wishes to notify the court that the grand jury investigation leading to this search is complete and that, based on the information gathered, no criminal prosecution is anticipated.”Federal Prosecutor Damian Williams wrote to the judge in charge of the case on Monday.
“Abuse of power”
Rudy Giuliani’s business in Ukraine came to light in the fall of 2019 when the House of Representatives impeached the Republican president for “abuse of power”. The elected officials accused Donald Trump of having conditioned military aid to Ukraine on the delivery of compromising information on the son of his Democratic rival Joe Biden. And Rudy Giuliani had appeared as a centerpiece of the pressure exerted on kyiv.
Donald Trump was finally acquitted by the Senate and Rudy Giuliani remained his personal lawyer. In 2020, he had been at the maneuver during the billionaire’s crusade against the result of the presidential election, but he had failed to convince the courts of the existence of “election fraud” massive. Rudy Giuliani remains the subject of an investigation in the state of Georgia on the pressure exerted in this context on local electoral agents.