During a 2017 meeting in the Oval Office, President Trump urged then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to help coax the Department of Justice into dropping a criminal case against one of Rudy Giuliani's clients, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News. Tillerson said he would not do this, as he would be interfering in an ongoing investigation, and others in the room were shocked by the request, Bloomberg News says. Giuliani, a longtime supporter of Trump, is now the president's personal lawyer, but wasn't at the time. Giuliani's client was an Iranian-Turkish gold trader named Reza Zarrab, who was being prosecuted by a federal court in New York, charged with dodging U.S. sanctions against Iran's nuclear program. Prosecutors said he had "close ties" with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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