Rudy Giuliani was paid $500,000 by a company founded by a Ukrainian-American associate who was arrested last week and charged with campaign finance violations, the lawyer told Reuters.
President Donald Trump’s lawyer was paid the sum for consulting work he did for Fraud Guarantee, a company run by Lev Parnas, who helped Giuliani with his quest to unearth dirt on Joe Biden. Parnas was arrested — along with another Giuliani associate, Igor Fruman — at Dulles Airport last week.
Giuliani said Parnas’ company, Boca Raton-based Fraud Guarantee, whose website says it aims to help clients “reduce and mitigate fraud”, engaged Giuliani Partners, a management and security consulting firm, around August 2018. Giuliani said he was hired to consult on Fraud Guarantee’s technologies and provide legal advice on regulatory issues.
Giuliani has been working on behalf of Trump to urge Ukraine to investigate Biden’s son Hunter and his position on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.
The New York Times reported last week that federal prosecutors are now investigating whether Giuliani “broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine.”
Per the Times:
The investigation into Mr. Giuliani is tied to the case against two of his associates who were arrested this week on campaign finance-related charges, the people familiar with the inquiry said. The associates were charged with funneling illegal contributions to a congressman whose help they sought in removing Ms. Yovanovitch.
In comments to Reuters, Giuliani denied the money he was paid came from a “questionable source”:
Giuliani said he was confident that the money he received was from “a domestic source,” but he would not say where it came from.
“I know beyond any doubt the source of the money is not any questionable source,” he told Reuters in an interview. “The money did not come from foreigners. I can rule that out 100%,” he said
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