Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens as President Trump spoke during a Cabinet meeting, at the White House in Washington, Oct. 16, 2017. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens as President Trump spoke during a Cabinet meeting, at the White House in Washington, Oct. 16, 2017. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

During a contentious Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in 2017, Rudy Giuliani pressed for help in securing the release of a jailed client, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, as part of a potential prisoner swap with Turkey.

The request by Giuliani provoked an immediate objection from Tillerson, who argued that it would be highly inappropriate to interfere in an open criminal case, according…



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