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US Attorney Claims Mr. Giuliani’s Role is “critical”, reveals his meetings with Erdogan, Trump adm

By Ilhan Tanir, Washington DC

Acting US Attorney of South District of New York (SDNY), Joon H. Kim, in his petition to Judge Richard Berman argued that Mr. Rudy Giuliani and Mr. Michael Mukasey “are trying to play a critical – rather than their claimed “ancillary” – role in this proceeding” regarding Iranian-Turkish gold trader and Iran sanctions buster Reza Zarrab trials.

Earlier of the week, it was understood that Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey were retained by Mr. Zarrab in some roles in the defense team to negotiate not with the SDNY Attorney Office but US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ office. Defense described their role “ancillary” though US Attorney SDNY revealed that Giuliani and Mukasey, in addition to meeting Pres Erdogan in Ankara, also met with US Attorney General Office as well as “sought to meet other officials in the US government outside of” AG office.

In the letter submitted by SDNY to Judge Berman, it is stated that “Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey traveled to Turkey some time shortly after February 24, 2017. The Government also understands that on that trip, Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey met with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to discuss potential ways to facilitate a resolution of the charges against the defendant in this case.”

Criticism for Mr. Giuliani

There were attacks leveled against Mr. Giuliani on the social media for his earlier criticism towards Obama administration for not doing enough to put sanctions on Iran and now his efforts to save major sanctions buster Mr. Zarrab from jail, with minimum punishment.

 

Defense counsel also “confirmed that Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey had indeed traveled to Turkey to meet with President Erdoğan to discuss a possible disposition of this case, and informed this Office that Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Mukasey had sought to meet other officials in the U.S. government outside of this Office to discuss a potential disposition of this case.”

Mr. Giuliani has been Turkey’s agent already

In the paper also it informed that Mr. Giuliani’s firm, Greenberg Traurig, “appears to be a registered agent of the Republic of Turkey.” According to acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim, “the potential conflict is compounded by the fact that Mr. Giuliani’s firm has other ties to Ankara.”

As set forth in the Government’s initial March 27, 2017 submission to the Court, both Mr. Giuliani’s firm, Greenberg Traurig, and Mr. Mukasey’s firm, Debevoise, represent or have represented several of the financial institutions alleged to be victims of the defendant’s conduct. The Government has furthermore determined, based on a review of publicly available records, that Greenberg Traurig appears to be a registered agent of the Republic of Turkey.

Accordingly, the Government respectfully requests that the Court hold a hearing pursuant to Curcio with respect to the potential conflicts of interest of the defendant’s counsel.

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