firms staffed by people with deep ties to the former New York City Mayor, Rudy
Giuliani, had signed on to lobby for the government of Qatar in 2018.
This movement came following the hiring of Giuliani as a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, according to a report published by the Daily Beast which added that the foreign-agent filings showed that the two firms have been collaborating with each other ever since.
“Blueprint Advisors, run by former senior Giuliani aides Tony Carbonetti and Chris Henick, represents the Qatari embassy in Washington. Debevoise & Plimpton, meanwhile, works on behalf of the Qatari attorney general’s office with a team that includes Giuliani’s longtime friend and one-time colleague Michael Mukasey, a former US attorney general,” the report stated. It confirmed that Since May 2018, representatives of the two firms have attended at least 10 of the same meetings and conference calls on Qatar’s behalf, despite representing two different arms of the country’s government.
The two firms conducted meetings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Tim Lenderking, a senior State Department official with authority over the Gulf region.
The Daily Beast highlighted that “Blueprint and Debevoise have even used similar language in reporting those meetings, which largely focused on a Saudi blockade preventing imports into Qatar. Blueprint’s meetings, the firm said, focused on “US-Qatar relations with respect to blockade.” Debevoise reported discussing “Qatar’s legal and equitable position with respect to blockade.”
The published report stressed that the overlap in their activities on Qatar’s behalf indicate an effort to coordinate their work. And Giuliani is a common thread between the two firms. He and Mukasey are so close that the former attorney general pledged to recuse himself from matters involving his former law partner while he ran the Justice Department. Mukasey’s son Marc also represents President Trump, and this month Giuliani disclosed that the younger Mukasey recently lent him $100,000, reportedly to help Giuliani cover his tax liabilities.
Henick declined to comment on Blueprint’s work, while Debevoise spokesperson did not respond to the Daily Beast's inquiries.
"Asked whether he’d discussed Qatar with Mukasey, Henick, or Carbonetti, Giuliani did not respond, but simply “liked” the inquiring text message," the report concluded adding that after publication, Giuliani followed up to say simply, “No.”