CREW Files Criminal Complaint Against Giuliani For Potential Hatch Act Violation
President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, likely violated federal law by manipulating congressionally-approved federal funding to Ukraine for partisan political purposes, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said on Thursday.
The government watchdog filed a criminal complaint with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York suggesting the matter be investigated.
At issue is the Hatch Act, which CREW noted “broadly prohibits the manipulation of federal funds and federal programs to advance a partisan agenda, including prohibiting anyone from causing anyone else to make a contribution of anything of value to a candidate by denying or threatening to deny any federal payment or benefit of a program authorized by Congress.”
Giuliani, along with his potential co-conspirators, likely violated the law by threatening to withhold U.S. military assistance to Ukraine, which had been approved by Congress, unless Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky announced investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, as well as the 2016 presidential election.
“Rudy Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine to advance the political interests of President Trump led to the President’s impeachment, but they also violated our country’s criminal laws,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said.
He added: “Holding up hundreds of millions of dollars in money Congress appropriated to keep America safe in order to advance a partisan political agenda is not only dangerous and anti-democratic, it also violates a key federal law meant to prevent the powers of the federal government from being used for political gain.”