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Feds will not indict Rudy Giuliani over dealings with Ukraine

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NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors said Monday that former Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani will not face criminal charges in a foreign lobbying investigation.

“The government is writing to inform the court that the grand jury investigation leading to the issuance of the above-mentioned warrants has been completed and based on information currently in the government’s possession, no criminal charges will follow,” said assistant attorney Rebekah Donaleski. wrote in a file.

The New York Daily News reported in August that the FBI had returned the former New York mayor’s seized cellphones, all but confirming that they would not be used as evidence at trial. They took the devices during an April 2021 raid on his Midtown law office and Upper East Side apartment.

The FBI began investigating Giuliani in 2019 following the arrests of his business partners Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman for a sweeping campaign finance scheme that overlapped with ex-President Donald Trump’s campaign of pressure on Ukrainian officials to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.

Giuliani previously admitted to questioning former Ukraine Attorney General Yuriy Lutsenko about Biden, but denied representing the Ukrainian official in lobbying activities in the United States. Doing this without registering as a foreign agent is a crime.

Giuliani could not be reached for comment.

On Twitter, he celebrated the development, writing: “COMPLETE & TOTAL VINDICATION.”

His attorney Bob Costello said he was pleased that prosecutors made their decision not to press charges against Giuliani clear.

“They recognized that this is a case of national attention with a notorious figure, Mayor Giuliani, so they thought this was appropriate,” Costello told the Daily News. “The only problem is that it took so long.”

Prosecutors also asked Manhattan Federal Court Judge Paul Oetken to terminate the special master who oversaw Giuliani’s seized files for attorney-client privilege, Barbara Jones.

Retired Judge Jones will turn to the Manhattan civil suit against the Trump Organization. She was appointed Monday to oversee business dealings at the former president’s real estate company as the case plays out.

Spokesman for the Southern District of New York Nick Biase declined to comment.