When you are defending yourself against accusations of corruption, such as Donald Trump, and you are trying to argue that you acted appropriately when relying on another country to investigate your political rival, it is generally inadvisable that your personal lawyer be a key actor in the plot. that can leave you impeachment. For Rudy Giuliani this ship sailed for some time. Still, to this day, Trump could at least say that his defense attorney wasn't, like, under criminal investigation or anything. Typically, this kind of thing is seen as a distraction when trying to argue your innocence and, well, you can probably see where it is going.
ABC news reports that the commercial relationship between Giuliani and Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the two men arrested on Wednesday night while trying to leave the country, is "a subject of the ongoing criminal investigation by New York federal authorities," according to people familiar with the subject. The investigation is being conducted by the FBI field office in New York and the Southern District of New York, where, in a rather troublesome turnaround, Giuliani worked before becoming mayor. Parnas and Fruman, both born in the former Soviet republics, were accused of conspiracy, falsification of records and lying to the FEC about their political donation as part of an alleged scheme to "channel foreign money to US politicians in an attempt to affect the USA-". Relations with Ukraine and launching a marijuana business, ”according to the Washington Post. Giuliani, who like Trump, only gets involved with "to the bestIdentified men as customers in May and had have lunch with them at the Trump International Hotel in Washington hours before they are arrested. The former mayor's work with the two men would have been related , please wait, Fraud Assurance. Yes Yes.
In addition to allegedly channeling foreign money to US politicians, including, on your charge$ 325,000 for the US super PAC pro-Trump super-action through an LLC called Global Energy Producers, which was placed in a segregated account – Parnas and Fruman are said have played a valuable role in Giuliani's attempt to dig up Joe Biden. According to the Wall Street Journal, the pair "introduced Giuliani to a number of current and former senior Ukrainian prosecutors to discuss the Biden case, acting as the main information channel." Parnas also accompanied Giuliani at a July breakfast meeting with Kurt Volker and then the US Special Representative for negotiations in Ukraine, who told House committees that Giuliani mentioned at the time that he was investigating Biden and the interference. in the 2016 elections. Parnas and Fruman also sought the help of a US congressman to help expel Marie Yovanovitch, the then US ambassador to Ukraine, whom Giuliani told Trump was hampering his efforts to investigate Biden. And because he was such a helpful guy, Parnas too supposedly organized a Skype session between Giuliani and Viktor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor who was fired in 2016 and Giuliani and Trump insisted on being fired because he was investigating Burisma, the company whose board Hunter Biden was sitting. (In fact, the Burisma investigation had been closed long ago, and Joe Biden, along with many others, wanted Shokin to be fired for being too easy with the corruption.)
Talking to New York Times On Thursday, Giuliani initially seemed to acknowledge fraud assurance advice and then said, "I can't recognize that it's fraud assurance, I don't think." But he was happy to admit extensive ties with Parnas and Fruman, saying: "I can recognize that Giuliani added that he had no regrets about working with the two men, apparently suggesting that there was a conspiracy to bring them down and separately they were the only ones. people willing to help you with your disruption. Biden campaign. "I have to assume they are innocent," he said. "There are a lot of reasons trying to defame people, so I wouldn't say I regret it, no. Who else should I turn to? In what must have been pure coincidence, Parnas and Fruman were arrested while trying to leave the United States with travel tickets to Vienna, where Giuliani was Besides that scheduled to travel last night.
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