Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani disclosed that he sought to resolve a criminal sanctions case against a Turkish trader by brokering a deal with Turkey that he says was intended to promote U.S. national security interests.
In a filing with the court Wednesday night, Giuliani also said “senior U.S. officials” were receptive to the possibility of such an agreement.
The disclosures came in response to a demand by the New York federal judge overseeing the sanctions case for more information about the roles being played by Giuliani, a former U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, and Michael Mukasey, a former U.S. attorney general. Both of the lawyers, who have been advisers to President Donald Trump, were hired by the trader, Reza Zarrab, to join his defense team and seek a resolution to the case beyond the court room. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman is scheduled to hold a hearing on the matter next week.
Zarrab was arrested and charged last year with using his network of companies to launder money through the U.S. financial system to aid Iran.
Berman also asked for information about who has been paying the legal bills for Zarrab’s top-flight defense team, which to date has included nearly 20 of New York’s most elite white-collar criminal defense attorneys. In his declaration, Giuliani said Zarrab himself has paid his bills and that his accountant had wired the funds received by Giuliani’s law firm.
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