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March ‘16: Reza Zarrab, a Trump Tower Istanbul tenant, arrested for laundering Iranian oil money to avoid U.S. sanctions

Early ‘17: Zarrab retains Giuliani

Late ‘17: Trump asks Tillerson to persuade DOJ to drop its case against Zarrab
forbes.com/sites/rachelsa…
DOJ asserted #RezaZarrab engaged in hundreds of millions of dollars from illegal transactions on behalf Iranian entities, which were barred by U.S. sanctions, laundering the proceeds of those illegal transactions & defrauding financial institutions.
paulhastings.com/publications-i…
Despite potential conflicts of interest, judge says #Giuliani can represent #RezaZarrab. Giuliani’s law firm represented banks that Zarrab defrauded.
nytimes.com/2017/06/01/nyr…
When Trump became President, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan put pressure on the Trump admin to release #Zarrab. In 2017, #RudyGiuliani and #MichaelMukasey also met with high-level Trump admin officials in D.C. to discuss Zarrab’s release.
thedailybeast.com/did-the-feds-f…
In 2017, Trump pressed then-SoS Rex Tillerson to persuade the DOJ to drop the criminal case against #RezaZarrab. Tillerson refused, arguing it would constitute interference in an ongoing investigation. Others present were shocked by Trump’s request.
bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
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