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Senate Democrats Ask IG to Investigate Communication Between Giuliani and DOJ

Senate Democrats have asked the Justice Departments inspector general, Michael Horowitz, to expand an investigation into Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trumps personal lawyer.

Ten Democrats sent a letter to Horowitzs office to determine whether Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, had “improper communications” with top-level Department of Justice officials.

Ten Democrats signed off on the letter (pdf), led by ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and expressed concerns “that Mr. Giulianis interactions with senior DOJ officials may have unduly influenced or created conflicts of interests with regard to DOJ activities.” According to the letter, “At a minimum, Mr. Giulianis access creates an appearance of impropriety that could undermine trust in the agency.”

“If his contacts do not violate one or more of these provisions, further internal guidance may be needed to ensure that DOJ delivers fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans,'” they added.

Nine other Democrats on Judiciary Committee, including Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Christopher Coons (Del.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Cory Booker (N.J.), and Kamala Harris (Calif.), signed the letter.

The Democratic senators included reports that made references to Giulianis contacts with Justice Department officials.

“These reports suggest that Mr. Giuliani has used his relationship with the President, including his representation of the President as a private citizen, to gain improper access to attorneys and investigators in the agency, particularly political appointees who serve at the Presidents pleasure,” they wrote. They said that some federal laws and regulations were put in place to prevent conflicts of interest.

Late last year, Horowitz told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he was concerned about leaks from FBI field offices to Giuliani.

“We are investigating those contacts. Weve issued a couple of public summaries so far about people weve found violated FBI policy. We have other investigations ongoing,Read More – Source