The president’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Monday he has not seen any subpoenas for records related to his consulting firm as part of a reported criminal investigation by federal prosecutors.
In an interview at Nashville International Airport, where Giuliani arrived Monday evening for “a personal reason,” the former New York City mayor criticized the way prosecutors were carrying out a reported investigation into his business.
Reuters reported earlier that day it had seen a copy of a grand jury subpoena seeking records of correspondence with Giuliani and his firm, Giuliani partners, as well as documents related to payments made to him.
The wire news service did not disclose to whom the subpoena was issued, though specified it was issued as part of an investigation into potential money laundering, wire fraud, campaign finance violations, obstruction of justice and other crimes.
Giuliani said prosecutors have “notified (him) of nothing.”
“I think the way they’re conducting this investigation if they are, is outrageous,” Giuliani said. “They’re conducting it by a leak.
“I have read leaks. If the prosecutors want to investigate, they know how to contact me.”
Amid an impeachment investigation by the U.S. House of Representatives, Giuliani has been among President Donald Trump’s most vocal defenders as lawmakers probe whether he pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, who was a board member of an energy company in Ukraine.
U.S. prosecutors are planning to interview an executive with Ukraine’s state-owned gas company as part of an ongoing probe into the business dealings of Giuliani and two of his Soviet-born business associates.
A lawyer for Andrew Favorov confirmed to the Associated Press last week that he is scheduled to meet voluntarily with the U.S. Justice Department. Favorov is the director of the integrated gas division at Naftogaz, the state-owned gas provider in Ukraine.
When asked whether he was willing to cooperate with the investigation or provide to federal prosecutors the information they’re reportedly seeking, Giuliani said it would depend.
“If I ever get a subpoena, I’ll look at it and see if it’s unreasonable,” Giuliani said. “Suppose they serve a subpoena for my entire life — an over broad subpoena — of course I won’t.”
He called “the idea of an investigation … extremely insulting.”
Giuliani, who was also spotted in Nashville on Oct. 17, denied traveling to Music City to visit with Jay Sekulow, another one Trump’s personal lawyers.
“I have a personal reason, but I’m not here to see Jay,” Giuliani said of the purpose of his recent travels to Nashville. “It has nothing to do with the case or anything else. It just has to do with me and my friends. That’s all part of my private life.”
Giuliani declined to name which friends he was in town to visit.
“My firm is honest, straight, been in business 19 years, and never had a problem,” Giuliani said. “Not even sure we had an audit. If we did, we passed it with flying colors.”
Michael Biesecker and Desmond Butler of the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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