Updated Nov 15, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Giuliani won't face criminal charges in Ukraine lobbying probe

Rudy Giuliani speaks into a microphone

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani won't face criminal charges related to a Ukraine lobbying investigation. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Criminal charges are “not forthcoming” against Rudy Giuliani related to an investigation of his Ukraine lobbying dealings, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Driving the news: Prosecutors said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken Monday that the grand jury investigation that led to search warrants and the seizure of Giuliani’s electronic devices has concluded.

What they're saying: “In my business, we would call that total victory," Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello, told AP. We appreciate what the US attorney’s has done. We only wish they had done it a lot sooner.”

  • "The mayor has been completely and totally vindicated," Ted Goodman, a spokesperson and political advisor to the former New York City mayor, said in a statement to Axios.
  • "We just hope this will help bring to an end the continuous and unwarranted attacks on the mayor — a man who is quite literally the most successful prosecutor of the most dangerous criminals over the past fifty years," Goodman added.

Flashback: Prosecutors were investigating whether Giuliani’s lobbying work in Ukraine before the 2020 election required him to register as a foreign agent.

  • The search warrants were issued in 2021.

Meanwhile, former President Trump's personal lawyer remains a target in Georgia over efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details.

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