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Former New York City mayor avoids indictment in investigation into international lobbying

On Monday, federal prosecutors announced that former Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani will not be subject to criminal charges as a result of an investigation into international lobbying.

“The Government writes to notify the Court that the grand jury investigation that led to the issuance of the above-referenced warrants has concluded, and that based on information currently available to the Government, criminal charges are not forthcoming,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebekah Donaleski wrote in a filing.

Feds seized electronic devices during a search of Giuliani’s Upper East Side residence and Midtown law office in April 2021, only to return them several months later, thereby confirming they would not be used as evidence in the trial.

After the arrests of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two of Giuliani’s business associates, in 2019 for a wide-ranging campaign finance scheme that intersected with former President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukrainian officials to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, the federal government began investigating Giuliani. It is a crime to engage in such conduct without first registering as a foreign agent.

The former New York City mayor expressed his delight with the turn of events on Twitter, where he wrote, “COMPLETE & TOTAL VINDICATION.”

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