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Rudy Giuliani is unlikely to be charged in a federal lobbying probe

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According to three people familiar with the matter, Rudy Giuliani is unlikely to face federal charges over his dealings in Ukraine.

Giuliani, the former New York Mayor and Donald Trump’s personal attorney, has been under investigation by the Manhattan Attorney’s Office for nearly two years. He was a key figure in the events leading up to Trump’s first impeachment. He has been accused of relying on Ukrainian officials and MPs to try to dig up dirt on Joe Biden when he was running for president.

Federal investigators partially confiscated Giuliani’s electronic devices in April 2021 to determine whether they contained evidence of efforts to oust U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and whether he might have violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which prohibits disclosure of certain political activities or interests.

Yovanovitch was one of the key witnesses who testified against Trump in the first House impeachment inquiry, telling Congress that she had been subjected to a smear campaign based on lies that led to her abrupt ouster in 2019.

In an interview with NBC News, Giuliani said he met with federal prosecutors and the FBI in February and his phones were returned.

“I had offered to meet with them for two years,” he said. “We had a very good conversation and it lasted about four hours.”

People familiar with the matter confirmed that the investigation was ongoing. That New York Times was the first to report that Giuliani is unlikely to be charged.

“If I were representing someone else, I would tell my client to be cautiously optimistic,” Giuliani said.

“These are good signs,” he added, “but to quote Yogi Berra ā€” it’s not over until it’s over.”

A spokesman for the FBI declined to comment. A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office also declined to comment.

When asked about the prospect of a release, Giuliani replied, “I’m excited about it.”

The likely outcome of the New York investigation would not interfere with other federal investigations that could involve Giuliani, such as the investigation into the events surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

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