Giuliani being investigated for campaign finance and FARA

BloombergRudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, is being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible campaign finance violations and a failure to register as a foreign agent as part of an active investigation into his financial dealings, according to three U.S. officials.

We've seen this playbook before. They went after Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for "campaign finance" violations that everyone agreed were bullshit. They did that to search his offices for anything they could find on Trump and to pressure Cohen to cooperate. They succeeded in pressuring Cohen but failed to find anything on Trump. They went after Flynn (and his company, etc) for failing to register as a foreign agent. They succeeded in pressuring him to plead guilty to their frame job by escalating to threats against his family, financial destruction, and leveraging conflicted counsel. Flynn may yet get those charges dismissed. And they tried to frame Papadopolous on the FARA charge, failing only because he was smart enough to smell a rat and leave the money outside the US. They still pressured him into pleading guilty to misremembering a date.

I have absolutely no doubt at this point that this whole investigation is a sham. It serves two roles: to threaten one of Trump's pieces on the board, and more importantly (I suspect) to enable FISA surveillance on Giuliani so the Deep State can wiretap him. And if we are hearing about it now, it's been in place for some time. The Deep State are desperate to know what Giuliani knows because that tells them what Trump knows and (by the two hop rule) would in theory allow them to evesdrop even on Trump himself. These guys don't care a whit about attorney-client privilege because they don't need to use any of it in court; all they care about is knowing what is going on and slowing Trump down.

The people commenting on the story are from the Southern District of New York, which has a well established animus for Trump. And the news story is from Bloomberg's news service, the owner, founder, and namesake of which recently filed to run for President on the Democratic ticket. And, of course, the story itself is attributed to leaks from anonymous officials. Those leaks are likely felonies, too.

BloombergGiuliani could face charges related to extortion or other crimes stemming from trying to get Ukraine to open an investigation into the Bidens or into whether Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. election, said Kenneth McCallion, a former federal prosecutor.

That quote is particularly telling. Giuliani is being investigated for trying to get Ukraine to investigate their own government's interference in the 2016 election, and their own company's corrupt bargain with our last corrupt administration. Both of those are entirely legitimate.

This is coming out now because the FISA report is coming out in another week or two. If Barr has the balls we hope he does, a pair of great big brass ones, the people conducting this investigation will be up on obstruction of justice charges by the time it's over.

This entry was published Thu Nov 14 19:58:43 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-11-14 19:58:43.0. [Tweet]

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