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Giuliani Going Down: Rudy Had a Personal Quid Pro Quo with Ukraine

“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 […]

Former Ukrainian Prosecutor Ends Giuliani-Trump Extortion, Tells Truth

Well, apparently all one needed to do was speak to the main man involved. Interestingly enough, Rudy Giuliani did speak to the main man involved, and did not like the answer he got. That explains Trump’s phone call and request for a “favor,” in which Trump looked for “alternative” facts regarding the Bidens. According to the L.A. Times, the prosecutor at issue, Yuri Lutsenko, told Giuliani less than a month ago he would be happy to help real law-enforcement, but he knew of no crime committed by the Bidens. Lutsenko stated that if there were to be an investigation, it should be done between law enforcement agencies, and not between “presidents.” Ukraine’s former top law enforcement official says he repeatedly rebuffed President Trump’s personal lawyer’s demands to investigate Joe Biden and his son, insisting he had seen no evidence of wrongdoing that he could pursue despite Trump’s allegations. In an interview, Yuri Lutsenko said while he was Ukraine prosecutor general he told Rudolph Giuliani that he would be happy to cooperate if the FBI or other U.S. authorities began their own investigation of the former vice president and his son Hunter but insisted they had not broken any Ukrainian laws to his knowledge. Huh, I’ll be damned. A politician – attorney general-type with some integrity who insists upon following the law? No wonder Trump had to lean on the president of the nation. Lutsenko, who was fired as prosecutor general last month, said he had urged Giuliani to launch a U.S. inquiry and go to court if he had any evidence but not to use Ukraine to conduct a political vendetta that could affect the U.S. election. “I said, ‘Let’s put this through prosecutors, not through presidents,’ ” Lutsenko told The Times. I guess that is precisely what made this man the western world’s choice to lead Ukrainian prosecutions against corruption. Not even pressure from the United States could make the man budge. In case you are asked at work, or confronted by a MAGA-head neighbor, the facts as to the Ukrainian prosecutor story are straightforward. Names and specific dates are omitted here in the interest of extreme brevity and clarity. Pre 2014, Ukraine was the wild-west, ripe for corruption around every corner. The “prosecutor” at the time looked the other way because – the story goes – that same prosecutor was in on the corruption. The entire world – basically – insisted that aid to the Ukraine hinged upon the nation cleaning up the bribery. Vice President Biden advocated on behalf of the position of the United States’ government, and most governments, that Ukraine should fire the prosecutor. Ukraine fired the prosecutor and put in place a man who couldn’t be corrupted and did investigate corruption. Hunter Biden was asked to join the board of a Ukrainian gas company. The non-corruptible prosecutor looked into the arrangement and found nothing illegal. The end. Apparently this is the story that Mr. Lutsenko wished to communicate to Rudy Giuliani, but he also left open the possibility that perhaps there were facts he did not know, and please send real law enforcement, like the FBI, and the matter could be discussed. Interestingly enough, the fact that neither Trump nor Rudy Giuliani asked the FBI to investigate any of this is the giant “tell” in the matter. Trump […]

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