Rudy Giuliani and his attorney may have committed multiple federal crimes in connection with giving the New York Post information from a computer allegedly owned by Hunter Biden — and American Oversight is asking federal prosecutors in New York and Delaware to investigate.
In a letter on Friday to the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, we outlined how public reporting about the incident points to possible violations of several federal criminal laws:
The reported actions of Mr. Giuliani and his attorney — and the conflicting stories that Mr. Giuliani has since put forward — indicate the email may have been obtained illegally through hacking in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. In addition, if the information contained in the purported emails was unlawfully obtained or forged, the provision of the information also may have violated federal mail and wire fraud statutes.
In addition, there is a strong possibility that the information in question was planted by a foreign intelligence service. Giuliani has known associations with at least one “Russian agent” identified for “efforts to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election,” and U.S. intelligence agencies have warned the White House that Giuliani is a target of a Russian influence operation.
In the letter to the federal prosecutors, American Oversight noted that these facts “suggest that individuals, including Mr. Giuliani, may have violated the law prohibiting Americans from working with the aid of foreign nationals for the purpose of interfering with a federal election.”
Giuliani’s efforts to solicit foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election are well known. Given his past conduct and the new facts that have already come to light, there is ample justification for an immediate and thorough investigation of whether he or anyone else involved in sharing the laptop or its contents violated federal law.