Rudy Giuliani Takes $500k Payout from Foreigners

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Why was he paid so much? That's more than $40k per month. Why was Rudy paid $500k by Lev Parnas? What was Lev trying to do? Hm.
 

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Pardon me if I withhold judgement till the whole story comes out. The bombshells from the left, usually turn out to be duds.
 

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Why was he paid so much? That's more than $40k per month. Why was Rudy paid $500k by Lev Parnas? What was Lev trying to do? Hm.
Let’s find out. Investigate. I’m all in favor.

He says it’s b/c he’s a high paid lawyer and that he has other clients that pay him more.

And he isn’t a no experience, no expertise, former drug abuser with no apparent reason for earning that kind of money.
 

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But the schedule says a certain amount is due to political influence. It’s the amount, not the action. And yes, even if you have background, influence ups the rate.
 

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Pardon me if I withhold judgement till the whole story comes out. The bombshells from the left, usually turn out to be duds.

I have a feeling Rudy knows two things for sure: 1. whether or not his arrangement was legal (I'm guessing it was) 2. That the arrangement would be looked into at some point..considering that ALL THINGS Trump get investigated. #2 is why I am so sure of #1
 

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I have a feeling Rudy knows two things for sure: 1. whether or not his arrangement was legal (I'm guessing it was) 2. That the arrangement would be looked into at some point..considering that ALL THINGS Trump get investigated. #2 is why I am so sure of #1

Agreed. I don't believe for one second that Rudy thought "No one will ever look into my own business dealings."
 

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I see that the apologists all rushed in within about ten minutes.
 

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I see that the apologists all rushed in within about ten minutes.

I see someone started another thread with no evidence or source & it only took you 6 posts to want to get involved defending it.
 

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Pardon me if I withhold judgement till the whole story comes out. The bombshells from the left, usually turn out to be duds.

Totally false. Almost all of the "sourced" rumors that have been stated by the actual news media have turned out to be true, the latest being the impending departure of Rick Perry, which Rick Perry himself flatly denied before announcing resignation just days later. They're almost always dead on accurate, and when they make mistakes they correct them. Because that's what real journalists do. You're a clown.
 

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Totally false. Almost all of the "sourced" rumors that have been stated by the actual news media have turned out to be true, the latest being the impending departure of Rick Perry, which Rick Perry himself flatly denied before announcing resignation just days later. They're almost always dead on accurate, and when they make mistakes they correct them. Because that's what real journalists do. You're a clown.

LOL. Most of the anti-Trump anonymously sourced rumors have been false. The MSM is shamefully spoon feeding dummies.
 

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Totally false. Almost all of the "sourced" rumors that have been stated by the actual news media have turned out to be true, the latest being the impending departure of Rick Perry, which Rick Perry himself flatly denied before announcing resignation just days later. They're almost always dead on accurate, and when they make mistakes they correct them. Because that's what real journalists do. You're a clown.

The "actual" news media.
 

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I have a feeling Rudy knows two things for sure: 1. whether or not his arrangement was legal (I'm guessing it was) 2. That the arrangement would be looked into at some point..considering that ALL THINGS Trump get investigated. #2 is why I am so sure of #1

So it's ok for Republicans to sell political influence, you guys are sure pieces of work...
 

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I had missed some posts in this thread but I really like the Trumpkin idea that investigations into Lev Parnas are equivalent to investigations into Trump
 

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Rudy should say that he identifies as Hunter Biden, then he will safe.
 

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By William K. Rashbaum, Ben Protess and Maggie Haberman
April 28, 2021Updated 12:52 p.m. ET
Federal investigators in Manhattan executed search warrants early Wednesday at the home and office of Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who became President Donald J. Trump’s personal lawyer, stepping up a criminal investigation into Mr. Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine, three people with knowledge of the investigation said.
The investigators seized Mr. Giuliani’s electronic devices and searched his apartment on Madison Avenue and his office on Park Avenue at about 6 a.m., two of the people said.
Executing a search warrant is an extraordinary move for prosecutors to take against a lawyer, let alone a lawyer for a former president. It is a major turning point in the long-running investigation into Mr. Giuliani, who as mayor steered New York through the Sept. 11 attacks and earlier in his career led the same U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan that is now investigating him.
Mr. Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert J. Costello, called the searches unnecessary because his client had offered to answer questions from prosecutors, except those regarding his privileged communications with the former president.

“What they did today was legal thuggery,” Mr. Costello said. “Why would you do this to anyone, let alone someone who was the associate attorney general, United States attorney, the mayor of New York City and the personal lawyer to the 45th president of the United States.”

The federal authorities have been largely focused on whether Mr. Giuliani illegally lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs, who at the same time were helping Mr. Giuliani search for dirt on Mr. Trump’s political rivals, including President Biden, who was then a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The United States Attorney’s office in Manhattan and the F.B.I. had for months sought to secure a search warrant for Mr. Giuliani’s phones.
Under Mr. Trump, senior political appointees in the Justice Department repeatedly sought to block such a warrant, The New York Times reported, slowing the investigation as it was gaining momentum last year. After Merrick B. Garland was confirmed as President Biden’s attorney general, the Justice Department lifted its objection to the search.
While the warrants are not an explicit accusation of wrongdoing against Mr. Giuliani, it shows that the investigation has entered an aggressive new phase. To obtain a search warrant, investigators need to persuade a judge they have sufficient reason to believe that a crime was committed and that the search would turn up evidence of the crime.

Spokesmen for the F.B.I. and the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment.
The investigation of Mr. Giuliani grew out of a case against two Soviet-born men who aided his mission in Ukraine to unearth damaging information about Mr. Biden and his son Hunter, who was on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. The prosecutors charged the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, with unrelated crimes in late 2019 and a trial is scheduled for October.

While investigating Mr. Giuliani, prosecutors have examined, among other things, his potential business dealings in Ukraine and his role in pushing the Trump administration to oust the American ambassador to Ukraine, which was the subject of testimony at Mr. Trump’s first impeachment trial.
As he was pressuring Ukrainian officials to investigate the Bidens, Mr. Giuliani became fixated on removing the ambassador, Marie L. Yovanovitch, whom he saw as an obstacle to those efforts. At the urging of Mr. Giuliani and other Republicans, Mr. Trump ultimately ousted Ms. Yovanovitch.
As part of the investigation into Mr. Giuliani, the prosecutors have explored whether he was working not only for Mr. Trump, but also for Ukrainian officials or businesses who wanted the ambassador to be dismissed for their own reasons, according to people briefed on the matter.
Under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, it is a federal crime to try to influence or lobby the United States government at the request or direction of a foreign official without disclosing it to the Justice Department.
The prosecutors have scrutinized Mr. Giuliani’s dealings with Yuriy Lutsenko, one of the officials who helped Mr. Giuliani and his associates in their dirt-digging mission while also urging them to work to get the ambassador removed.
Among other things, the prosecutors have examined discussions Mr. Giuliani had about taking on hundreds of thousands of dollars in apparently unrelated consulting business from Mr. Lutsenko, which resulted in a draft retainer agreement that was never executed.

Mr. Giuliani has said he turned down the deal, which would have involved him helping the Ukrainian government recover money it believed had been stolen and stashed overseas.
As the investigation heated up last summer, prosecutors and F.B.I. agents in Manhattan were preparing to seek the search warrant for Mr. Giuliani’s records about his efforts to remove the ambassador, but they first had to notify Justice Department officials in Washington, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Federal prosecutors must consult Justice Department officials in Washington about search warrants involving lawyers because of concerns that they might obtain confidential communications with clients. The proposed warrant for Mr. Giuliani was particularly sensitive because his most prominent client was Mr. Trump.
Career Justice Department officials in Washington largely supported the search warrant, but senior officials raised concerns that the warrant would be issued too close to the election, the people with knowledge of the matter said.
Under longstanding practice, the Justice Department generally tries to avoid taking aggressive investigative actions within 60 days of an election if those actions could affect the outcome of the vote.
The prosecutors in Manhattan tried again after the election, but political appointees in Mr. Trump’s Justice Department sought once more to block the warrant, the people with knowledge of the matter said. At the time, Mr. Trump was still contesting the election results in several states, a legal effort being led by Mr. Giuliani, those officials noted.
More about the investigation
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/11/...tion=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article
William K. Rashbaum is a senior writer on the Metro desk, where he covers political and municipal corruption, courts, terrorism and broader law enforcement topics. He was a part of the team awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. @WRashbaumFacebook
Ben Protess is an investigative reporter covering the federal government, law enforcement and various criminal investigations into former President Trump and his allies. @benprotess
Maggie Haberman is a White House correspondent. She joined The Times in 2015 as a campaign correspondent and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for reporting on President Trump’s advisers and their connections to Russia. @maggieNYT
 

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It’s good to see the weaponization of the FBI and DOJ is as strong as ever. What a joke.
 

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It’s good to see the weaponization of the FBI and DOJ is as strong as ever. What a joke.
Nothing says "weaponization of the DOJ" quite like waiting until after the election to execute a search warrant
 

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They don't call it Fraud Guarantee for nothing...
 

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Poor Rudy is being victimized. That's what righties are famous for: being victims. They are victims of the 'liberal media'. Victims of liberal teaching in colleges and universities. Victims of Hollywood's liberal bias. Victims of corporate 'wokeness'. On and on, with the victimization.

Oh, and last but not least, victimized by the 'Deep State'!

To quote the former great orange president, "So unfair!"

DRINK!
 

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F.B.I. agents also executed a search warrant on Wednesday morning at the Washington-area home of Victoria Toensing, a lawyer close to Mr. Giuliani who had dealings with several Ukrainians involved in the hunt for information on the Bidens, according to people with knowledge of that warrant. The warrant was for her cellphone.

Ms. Toensing, a former Justice Department official, has also represented Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch under indictment in the United States whose help Mr. Giuliani sought.

 

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F.B.I. agents also executed a search warrant on Wednesday morning at the Washington-area home of Victoria Toensing, a lawyer close to Mr. Giuliani who had dealings with several Ukrainians involved in the hunt for information on the Bidens, according to people with knowledge of that warrant. The warrant was for her cellphone.

Ms. Toensing, a former Justice Department official, has also represented Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch under indictment in the United States whose help Mr. Giuliani sought.


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