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President Trump’s lawyer, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, is accused of acting on Turkey’s behalf to have U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen extradited. Giuliani is charged with trying to persuade Trump to extradite Gülen, who Turkey accuses of orchestrating the July 2016 coup attempt. Giulian acted on Turkey’s behalf without registering as a foreign agent, according to U.S authorities. “Foreign agents reported being paid more than $30.5 million to influence U.S. policy or public opinion on behalf of Turkish interests during the Trump administration. An inquiry the Justice Department has reportedly launched an inquiry into Rudy Giuliani may reveal even more undisclosed lobbying. Giuliani, Trump’s former personal attorney and former New York City mayor, urged Trump in 2017 to drop federal charges against Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also publicly sought to have the charges dropped. Zarrab was accused of helping Halkbank, the Turkish state-run bank, send billions of dollars to Iran in violation of United States sanctions.

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