Foreign Policy

Giuliani Cries Foul As Two of His Ukraine Contacts Are Arrested!

As the old saying goes, “and the plot thickens.”  The Wall Street Journal has reported that two associates of Rudy Giuliani connected to his efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine on Joe Biden have been arrested and indicted on criminal charges for allegedly funneling foreign money into US elections.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are accused of using a limited liability company to make political contributions related to American elections, in violation of FEC prohibitions against contributions from foreign nationals. Both men have been linked to Giuliani’s efforts to conduct investigations in Ukraine.

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Do these charges against the men suggest Giuliani’s push on Ukraine and President Donald Trump’s receptiveness to it could have ties to an illegal effort to influence US politics and policy using foreign funds? Of course, the Democrats hope so – but not so fast!

Giuliani told Fox News that he represents Parnas and Fruman on a separate matter and called their arrest and indictment “timing suspect.” He stated that he “will reveal relevant facts very very shortly.”

Giuliani, one of President Trump’s personal attorneys, said he finds it “extremely suspicious” that the arrest was made in connection with an FEC matter that has yet to be resolved, and which Giuliani said is a civil matter. Giuliani acknowledged that both men “logistically helped” in his collection of evidence against Hunter Biden, and that they helped connect him with former Ukrainian top prosecutors Viktor Shokin and Yuriy Lutsenko.

Parnas and Fruman created Global Energy Producers (GEP), and allegedly funneled money through the company. This included contributions of $325,000 and $15,000 to committees in May 2018, “to obtain access to exclusive political events and gain influence with politicians,” the indictment says. They allegedly incorporated GEP around the time the contributions were made.

According to FEC records, GEP contributed $325,000 in May 2018 to pro-Trump super PAC America First Action.  In a statement, a spokesperson for America First Action noted that a complaint was filed with the FEC in July 2018 over this contribution, as well as separate litigation in Florida. The statement said that the money was placed “in a segregated bank account,” was not used, and “will remain in this segregated account until these matters are resolved.”

Both men are accused of making false statements in response to the FEC complaint, related to the nature of GEP and the contribution.

Other Charges

The indictment also claims that Parnas and Fruman “committed to raise $20,000 or more for a then-sitting U.S. Congressman”  whom they had met at a political event. At approximately the same time that they made that commitment, Parnas and the Congressman discussed the Congressman’s assistance in securing the removal of the then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and this was done “at least in part, at the request of one or more Ukrainian government officials,” the indictment alleges.

The indictment also lays out allegations of a separate “foreign national donor scheme” involving the two men and two other defendants, American David Correia, and Ukrainian national Andrey Kukushkin, where they allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to make political contributions funded by an unnamed Russian national to obtain influence with political candidates regarding policies to benefit a recreational marijuana business venture, and to help obtain retail marijuana licenses.

President Trump has not yet commented on the arrests.

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16 Comments on this post.
  • henry reitinger
    11 October 2019 at 3:46 pm
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    Build the wall; no chain visas; only merit visas; no lottery visas; no amnesty for illegals; only English language; no aid of any kind to illegals; no social help of any kind; voting with photo ID only; teach constitution and bill of rights in school; audit the FED reserve; maintain the electoral college; keep the second amendment; issue an exec order so demonstrators are not allowed to hide their faces

  • sa croft
    11 October 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    The timing is very suspicious. Also, it is interesting that the Dems pattern is to accuse Republicans of whatever they are doing under cover of darkness.

  • Doug
    11 October 2019 at 4:16 pm
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    Better watch them in jail or the will be Clintoncided or Bidencided !

  • THOMAS
    11 October 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    More BS from the LEFT … How much does it cost to buy off a judge ?

  • karen
    11 October 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    They need to show real proof of ! My thoughts this happen with HillaryClinton forgein governments! Another Reason She Should Be In Jail! Again Liars Lurking About!

  • Ron P
    11 October 2019 at 6:21 pm
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    IT’S a COUP SET UP BY THE DERANGED AND DEPLORABLE DEMOCRATS ! I JUST FOUND OUT THAT NASTY NANCY AND SHIFTY SCHIFF HAD A SECRET ARM’S DEAL SIT UP WITH THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT ! THEY WANTED IT TO PLAY OUT AND WAS NOT GOING TO LET THE WHITE HOUSE AND PRESIDENT TRUMP KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. THEY WANTED THIS FAKE NEWS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP ABOUT PRESSURING THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE TO REOPEN THE BRIBERY CASE WITH BIDEN AND HIS DEPLORABLE SON HUNTER SO THEY COULD PIN IT ALL ON PRESIDENT TRUMP AS HEARSAY AND PURSUE THEIR IMPEACHMENT AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. THIS SHOULD BE A CASE ALL AGAINST PELOSI, SCHIFF AND THE REST OF THE DERANGED AND DEPLORABLE DEMOCRATS.

  • Jerome Herrera
    11 October 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    I 100% agree with Giuliani!

    TRUE THE VOTE’S FOUNDER, Catherine Englebrecht released this statement via YouTube:

    “… we won. True the Vote has finally and completely beaten the IRS. They discriminated against us in and out of court. And now, the court has slammed them… when I testified before Congress I made a commitment that we would never retreat, WE WOULD NEVER SURRENDER!

    On May 30th U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton issued a stunning rebuke of the IRS while ruling for True the Vote.

    Judge Walton awarded True the Vote the maximum attorney’s fees permitted under the law due to the IRS’s blatant discrimination against the conservative organization. The award is almost certain to surpass $2 million.

    https://rightwingtribune.com/2019/08/25/just-in-obamas-irs/

  • barto
    11 October 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    Does President Trump not have the right to talk to other FOREIGN LEADERS without it being leaked AND what did he do or say that would be ILLLEGAL and /or impeachable? i Remember when OBAMA whispered to PUTIN, “that he would have more freedom/leeway (or something like that) once he was re-elected”….now that sounded OMINOUS to me and MILLIONS more but little ever said or done about it!

  • Gloria
    11 October 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Didn’t Omar, Ocasio, Clinton, Odonell, and a bunch of democraps violated the rules and regulation of FEC. Is any of them being investigated? Are democraps above the law? Time to start rallying about this. We need to get rid of FBI and DOJ they investigate the wrong people

  • TErry
    11 October 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    Coupe in the worst way by Obama fbi department of justice the deep state has been running a coupe government he’ll bent on destroying trump they are all treasons and should face the ultimate penalty which is life in prison

  • Andre C Stephenson
    13 October 2019 at 4:21 am
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    I really like the part where Rudy says he will “reveal relevant facts very very shortly.” He will do no such thing!

  • APB
    13 October 2019 at 9:18 pm
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    Both guys are US citizens but I guess it sounds more damning if they say they are foreigners…aren’t we all.

  • David R Embody
    13 October 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    Money is speech.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  • David R Embody
    13 October 2019 at 9:22 pm
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    President Trump likewise, has the right to petition the Government for the redress of grievances…

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