“I have no personal business interests in Ukraine.” Rudy Giuliani A new Washington Post story released this morning makes clear that Rudy is living on borrowed time. He was hopelessly conflicted in his Ukraine dealings, even going so far as to offer to legally represent Ukraine and its then corrupt prosecutor in exchange for cash (always) and help with dirt on Joe Biden (always). In other words, it was a quid pro quo within a quid pro quo. Per the Washington Post story: Giuliani negotiated this year to represent Ukraine’s top prosecutor for at least $200,000 during the same months that Giuliani was working with the prosecutor to dig up dirt on former vice president Joe Biden, according to people familiar with the discussions. The people said that Giuliani began negotiations with Ukraine’s top prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, about a possible agreement in February. In the agreement, Giuliani’s company would receive payment to represent Lutsenko as the Ukrainian sought to recover assets he believed had been stolen from the government in Kyiv, those familiar with the discussions said. Ah, see? We are all in this together, so to speak. For Lutsenko and the then Ukrainian government (prior to Zelensky’s election), the agreement provided a pipeline to Trump’s lawyer and, through Rudy, potentially to Trump and people like Bill Barr, which mattered a great deal. The U.S. holds a large amount of Ukrainian assets frozen in criminal prosecutions. Of course, prior to Zelensky’s election, Ukraine had other reasons it wanted close relationships with the Trump administration. The story notes that Ukraine desperately wanted Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch removed from her post. That corruption-fighting, lifetime diplomat, exceptionally professional and well-qualified woman was a pain in the ass to then Ukrainian government. Ukraine liked its corruption left well enough alone. We know Yovanovitch went on to be fired, but Rudy never got a penny. The beauty of the story is that the deal was never formalized, at least from Giuliani’s perspective. Details of the deal were drawn up in draft agreements. From the Seattle Times: The agreements were never executed and there is no indication that Giuliani was ultimately paid by Lutsenko or other Ukrainian officials. But the negotiations proceeded far enough that a series of legal agreements were drafted under which Giuliani’s company would have received more than $200,000 to work for the Ukrainians, people familiar with the agreements said. Some versions of the agreement envisioned Washington husband-and-wife lawyers Victoria Toensing and Joe diGenova, also playing a role and receiving payment. Those who recall my story from Monday about the interview with Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash and his negotiations with Rudy will recognize the pattern, and the names. So, how does this implicate Rudy in a crime? Strict rules exist as to how and when a private U.S. citizen or company can contract with a foreign country’s government, especially when it comes to political maneuvering, as opposed to building a highway or digging an oil well. Offering to “represent” a foreign government as an “attorney” would require registering as a foreign agent, something Giuliani did not do. Moreover, it is against federal election law (Parnas and Fruman are charged with FEC violations) for a U.S. citizen to solicit anything of value from a foreign country or official to promote a candidate. Last, one of Rudy’s most lasting […]
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