Rudy Giuliani took cash to advocate for an Iranian Dissident Group that was listed on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations, potentially breaking the law. This was reported this morning in a Washington Post story outlining the potential Secretary of State’s work on behalf of the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK), a Marxist Iranian opposition group that claims to be the legitimate government of Iran and resembles a cult.
A Treasury Department investigation in 2012 examined whether speaking fees paid by several MEK front groups to a long list of U.S. politicians, including Giuliani, violated laws on Americans receiving money from designated terrorist organizations.
The State Department added the MEK to the list of foreign terrorist organizations in 1997 due to its involvement in the killing of U.S. citizens in Iran in the 1970s and an attack on U.S. soil in 1992.
This adds “America’s Mayor” to a list of potential Trump cabinet nominees who may have financial connections with countries and groups adverse to American interests.
In 2011 and 2012, Giuliani gave several speeches, including at events inside the congressional office buildings, calling on the State Department to take the MEK off of the list of foreign terrorist organizations. He also heavily criticized the U.S. government’s effort to help relocate MEK members when the Iraqi government evicted them from Camp Ashraf.
The former New York mayor is considered a favorite to be President-elect Trump’s choice for Secretary of State.