The FBI’s investigation into Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, includes a previously unknown counterintelligence component that could change the entire nature of the probe.
CNN reported on Wednesday that investigators from the Manhattan US attorney’s office approached Kevin McCallion, an attorney in New York, earlier this year to ask about Giuliani’s link to Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two Soviet-born men who were arrested and charged last week with violating campaign finance laws and trying to funnel foreign money into US political campaigns.
Jeffrey Cramer, a longtime former federal prosecutor who spent 12 years at the Justice Department, told Insider the existence of a counterintelligence probe means investigators are “casting a wide net.”
“Cases like these, and they aren’t common, usually involve multiple schemes and numerous players,” Cramer said. “As such, they touch upon many different possible criminal violations.”