Two Ukranian-born clients of Rudy Giuliani who were involved in President Donald Trump’s personal attorney’s investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden were arrested overnight leaving the country. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were reportedly arrested on campaign finances charges that include conspiracy, falsifying records, and falsifying records to the FEC.
The two men according to USA Today have dined with President Donald Trump inside the White House after having “showered Republican campaign committees with nearly $500,000.”
Among those donations is $325,000 to a pro-Trump Super PAC, identified by USA Today as America First Action, which is led by a former Trump cabinet member.
“In May 2018, Parnas posted pictures on Facebook of himself and Fruman with Trump in the White House and with his son, Donald Trump Jr., in California. That was the same month their company, Global Energy Producers LLC, was credited for giving $325,000 to a campaign committee that supports Trump’s re-election,” USA Today adds.
In yet another twist the two men are being represented by President Trump’s former lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation into Russia and Trump, John Dowd.
AP on arrest of two men tied to Giuliani:
“A lawyer for the men, John Dowd, hung up on an Associated Press reporter calling about the case.”
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) October 10, 2019
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‘He Wants Me to Do It’: Giuliani Announces Trump Has Asked Him to Brief DOJ and GOP on Results of His Ukraine Trip
Rudy Giuliani, just hours after Congress published proposed Articles to impeach his boss, announced President Donald Trump has asked him to brief the Dept. of Justice and Republican Senators on the results of his trip to Ukraine. Giuliani, who allegedly serves as Trump’s personal attorney but claims he is not being paid to work in that capacity, insists he is taking orders directly from Trump.
“He wants me to do it,” Giuliani told The Washington Post. “I’m working on pulling it together and hope to have it done by the end of the week.”
Trump over the weekend confirmed Giuliani was acting in his interests, proclaiming, “I hear he has found plenty” of information, presumably to prove, despite there being no evidence, that Ukraine and not Russia attacked the U.S. 2016 election.
But the White House, despite trump’s own words, disputes Trump has directed Giuliani.
“Two White House officials,” the Post reports, “said that Trump did not instruct Giuliani to go to Ukraine.”
Giuliani and Trump say otherwise.
Trump Pushed Hard for Company Owned by GOP Donor to Get $400 Million Contract – It Just Did Despite Not Meeting Standards
For months President Donald Trump has “personally and repeatedly urged the head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers” to award a lucrative Defense Dept. contract to build a portion of his wall on the Southern border to a construction company owned by a GOP donor. On Monday, despite reports that the North Dakota company, Fisher Sand and Gravel, did not meet Defense Dept. standards and has a history of tax and environmental violations, the DoD awarded Fisher the $400 million contract, The Washington Post reports.
Trump reportedly has been so active in pushing for Fisher to be awarded the contract that at one point on Fox News the president told Sean Hannity his administration was dealing with the company’s owner, and declared the company had been “recommended strongly by a great new senator, Kevin Cramer.”
That Senator, Republican Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, has also been pushing for Fisher Sand and Gravel to get the contract despite its owner, Tommy Fisher, being a donor to Senator Cramer, The Independent reports.
President Trump has seen Tommy Fisher advocate for the contract in his multiple appearances on Fox News, the president’s favorite cable news channel.
“In phone calls, White House meetings and conversations aboard Air Force One during the past several months, Trump has aggressively pushed Dickinson, N.D.-based Fisher Industries to Department of Homeland Security leaders and Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the commanding general of the Army Corps,” The Washington Post reported in May. “The push for a specific company has alarmed military commanders and DHS officials.”
Tommy Fisher has ties to former White House adviser Stephen K. Bannon, Blackwater USA founder Erik Prince, ex-GOP congressman Tom Tancredo and former Kansas GOP secretary of state Kris Kobach. Bannon and Kobach have worked for Trump, Prince is the brother of Eduction Secretary betsy DeVos.
In an August report on Trump’s “brazen” corruption The Nation described the four men as “an all-star cast of grifters and white nationalists.”
“Tommy Fisher and his wife gave more than $10,000 — the maximum allowable contribution — to Cramer in 2018 as he ran for Senate, campaign finance records show. Fisher was Cramer’s guest at Trump’s State of the Union speech in February that year, and the CEO said he shook the president’s hand afterward,” The Washington Post notes, adding that “Trump backed Cramer last year in his campaign to unseat Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.”
A 2017 report from NBC affiliate 12 News (video below) states the city of Phoenix “filed 467 criminal charges” against Fisher Sand and Gravel, along with “2000 city and county violations.”
Meanwhile, the Post also reports that President Trump “has been enamored with Tommy Fisher,” after seeing him on Fox News.
In May The Washington Post created this compilation of some of Fisher’s appearances on Fox News:
While Giuliani Was Pushing Ukrainian Conspiracy Theories He Was Also Pursuing Highly-Lucrative Ukrainian Business Deals
Rudy Giuliani‘s interest in Ukraine was far broader and far more potentially important to him than has been previously understood. The New York Times reveals that while the president’s personal attorney was pushing false conspiracy theories and pressuring that country to deliver what his boss wanted, he was also pursuing lucrative business deals on the side, even with Ukrainian officials, potentially worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“Prosecutors and F.B.I. agents in Manhattan are examining whether Mr. Giuliani was not just working for the president, but also doing the bidding of Ukrainians,” The Times reports.
Working for the Ukrainians without registering as a foreign agent might possibly be a violation of federal law, depending on the circumstances. It has been widely reported Giuliani and his business are tied to or the subject of multiple federal investigations, including at least one criminal investigation. He has not been formally accused of any wrongdoing.
The Times reports it interviewed Giuiani and examined several documents, one of which was “a proposal signed in February by Mr. Giuliani,” which “called for the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice to pay his firm $300,000. In return, Mr. Giuliani would help the government recover money it believed had been stolen and stashed overseas.”
Another called for Ukraine’s top prosecutor, Yuriy Lutsenko “to pay $200,000 to retain Giuliani Partners, Mr. Giuliani’s firm, and a husband-and-wife legal team aligned with Mr. Trump, Joseph E. diGenova and Victoria Toensing.”
There was also “at least one retainer agreement, on his company letterhead, that he signed,” but the Tiumes reports none of the deals went through, according to Giuliani.
“I never received a penny,” Giuliani claimed.
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