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Court Filings Suggest Giuliani And His ‘Associates’ Are In Bed With The Russian Mafia

When his attorney made a court filing ago to convince a judge that Rudy Giuliani’s electronic devices contain confidential information such as discussions with clients, the documents that wound up in the public record shed new light on the full scale of unsavory characters Rudy has been rubbing elbows with and also point to a larger conspiracy which involves the Russian mafia.

Giuliani’s attorney, Robert J. Costello, notes that the former New York City mayor should never have been raided by the FBI late last month, the New York Times reports:

“In a 17-page letter to the judge who authorized the searches, Mr. Giuliani’s lawyers argued that it would have been more appropriate — and less invasive — for the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan to seek information through a subpoena, which, unlike a warrant, would have given him an opportunity to review the documents and respond.

“The defense lawyers wrote that prosecutors ‘simply chose to treat a distinguished lawyer as if he was the head of a drug cartel or a terrorist, in order to create maximum prejudicial coverage of both Giuliani and his most well-known client — the former president of the United States.'”

Though Rudy may not be the head of a drug cartel, it seems he travels in the same circles and does business with members of organized criminal organizations that do indeed traffic in narcotics, engage in sexual trafficking of young girls, and have people killed for daring to report on their illegal activities.

At one point in the court documents that became public, there’s a tantalizing tidbit that refers to Dmitro Firtash, a Ukrainian businessman with extensive ties to Russian organized crime, legal analyst Marcy Wheeler pointed out on Twitter. It also mentions possible associates of Giuliani who worked in the United States as unregistered foreign agents of Firtash:

Firtash, it should be added, gave a $1 million loan to Lev Parnas, who was working for Giuliani at the time in an attempt to dig up dirt on the Biden family:

“A billionaire with alleged ties to the Russian mob, Firtash is facing bribery-related charges in the U.S. and fighting extradition from Vienna. He once attempted to buy and redevelop the famous Drake Hotel in New York with the now-incarcerated Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. And he’s seen by Ukrainian anti-corruption activists and Western governments as a corrupt instrument of Russia.”

 

So former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney — the man who was actively working to sabotage Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign — was also doing business with a man who has deep ties to the Kremlin and the Russian mob.

The mention of Firtash in the court filings is also yet another connection that Trump has to Russia, despite his protestations that he has never done business with Russian entities or sought assistance from the Russian government.

If nothing else, the ongoing legal case against Giuliani could give us greater insight into just how deeply Donald Trump is tied to Russia, the Kremlin, and Russian organized crime. It may also wind up leading to criminal charges against the former president, his children, and members of the Trump Organization.

 

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FBI Hit The Evidence Goldmine When They Raided Giuliani’s Office: Report

When the FBI served search warrants on the office and home of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in April, reports suggested that federal agents had seized “electronic devices” that were found in those two locations.

Now, however, we’re learning that the FBI hit the evidence goldmine, scooping up 18 different electronic devices, according to the Associated Press (AP):

“Eighteen electronic devices taken during raids last month on Rudy Giuliani’s home and his law firm in a probe of his dealings in Ukraine belong to Giuliani and employees of his firm, Manhattan prosecutors revealed Thursday.

“The previously redacted facts were disclosed when prosecutors re-filed an April 29 letter on the public record in Manhattan federal court. The raids occurred April 28.

“They disclosed that 18 electronic devices were seized in the search of locations belonging to the former New York mayor and private lawyer to ex-President Donald Trump and his firm, Giuliani Partners LLC. Prosecutors said the devices belonged to Giuliani and ‘certain employees’ of Giuliani Partners.”

It remains unclear exactly what “certain employees” also had their devices seized by the FBI, but it does tell us that others are suspected of being involved in a larger conspiracy. Those employees will likely be questioned by federal prosecutors and could cut deals to tell what they know about Giuliani and his possibly illegal dealings over the past few years.

Adam Klasfeld of Law & Crime shared some of the unredacted documents on Twitter:

These latest revelations in the case against Giuliani come just 24 hours after New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her office is cooperating with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in a criminal investigation of the Trump Organization, which is privately held and controlled by former President Donald Trump and his three eldest children, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric.

Federal prosecutors are investigating Giuliani for allegedly failing to disclose he was accepting money from foreign governments and operating on their behalf in the United States, which is a felony.

In time, we may know exactly what was on those 18 seized devices, and it’s becoming clearer by the day that Rudy is in very big legal jeopardy.

 

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Mike Pompeo Hit With Subpoena For Trying To Help Republicans Smear The Biden Family

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in very hot water, and actions he apparently took to help benefit the reelection campaign of his boss, Donald Trump, have wound up getting him subpoenaed.


Politico reports that House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) issued a subpoena recently and accused the secretary of using State Department resources in an attempt to smear presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. In a statement, Engel noted:

“Secretary Pompeo has turned the State Department into an arm of the Trump campaign and he’s not even trying to disguise it. After trying to stonewall virtually every oversight effort by the Foreign Affairs Committee in the last two years, Mr. Pompeo is more than happy to help Senate Republicans advance their conspiracy theories about the Bidens. I want to see the full record of what the department has sent to the Senate and I want the American people to see it too.”

Specifically, Pompeo’s office has turned over 16,080 pages of documents to Senate Republicans that involve the former vice president, his son, Hunter, and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.


The documents in question are part of a Senate GOP investigation being conducted by the Finance and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees. They focus on an already debunked allegation that the Obama administration and VP Biden tried to have a Ukrainian prosecutor removed to forestall a probe of Hunter Biden and Burisma. The younger Biden served on Burisma’s board of directors, but no evidence of any wrongdoing has ever been brought forward by Republicans.


Instead, the Senate investigation of the Bidens is clearly meant to serve as a sort of payback for the impeachment of Trump, who was accused of attempting to extort Ukraine into giving him damaging information about the Bidens in exchange for military aid. And it is also meant to try and besmirch the name of Joe Biden, who is leading in virtually every poll when matched up against the incumbent president.

Once again, a member of the administration has been caught red-handed trying to help their boss cheat his way to a second term. But Congressional Democrats are pushing back and will not let Trump try and weasel his way back into office.

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Former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Is About To Get Some Major Payback On Donald Trump

You may recall that Donald Trump was so upset with former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch that he tried on multiple occasions to have her removed from her post and some of his henchmen in Kyiv to stalk her and report back when and where she was going every day when she would leave the embassy.


All of that was mostly for naught, as Yovanovitch testified before the House Intelligence Committee, and her testimony was one of the key pieces of evidence that led to the impeachment of President Trump, making him only the third president in American history to ever carry the black mark of impeachment next to his name.

Even though the GOP-controlled Senate refused to convict and remove Trump, some news from Ms. Yovanovitch late Friday makes it clear that she may well wind up having the last laugh on Donald Trump, according to CNN:

“Marie Yovanovitch, the former United States ambassador to Ukraine who was a key witness in the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, will author a book.

“Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher that acquired the deal, said in a Friday press release that the “untitled memoir will recount her long career in U.S. foreign service” and conclude in Washington, DC, where “she found a political system beset by many of the same challenges she had spent her career combating overseas.”


But there’s one detail about Ambassador Yovanovitch’s book deal that’s certain to enrage Trump the most:

“Financial terms were not disclosed, but two people familiar with the deal told the AP that the agreement was worth seven figures.”


Yes, Ms. Yovanovitch has now officially become a millionaire by writing a book and telling what she knows about the Ukraine scandal and Trump himself. And it’s a pretty safe bet that she knows plenty, perhaps even some things that could wind up leading to criminal charges being filed against the president in Washington, D.C. and New York, beyond the meddling reach of Attorney General William Barr, who has no jurisdiction beyond federal criminal matters and cannot call off or hinder any investigations conducted by state authorities.

There’s an old saying that living well is the best revenge. Ambassador Yovanovitch is about to get wealthy and get her payback on Donald Trump at the same time.

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Criminal Complaint Filed Against Rudy Giuliani For Running Shadow Foreign Policy With Ukraine

Over the three years that Donald Trump has been president, his so-called “personal attorney” Rudy Giuliani has served as an unofficial Secretary of State even though he was never confirmed by the Senate to that post, probably because a confirmation hearing would have exposed all the unsavory characters the former New York City mayor has done business with since leaving elected office.

Consider that the Ukraine scandal which resulted in Trump becoming only the third president in U.S history to be impeached was due almost entirely on Giuliani trying to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.


But now it looks like karma is finally starting to catch up with Rudy.

Salon reports that a watchdog group has filed a criminal complaint arguing that Giuliani violated federal law by running a shadow foreign policy with Ukraine:

“Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called on the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), which was once led by Giuliani, to launch an investigation after Trump admitted last week that he directed the attorney to go to Ukraine and pressure leaders to pursue baseless allegations against his political rivals. The effort came as Trump directed a freeze on nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine appropriated by Congress, an order which violated federal law, according to the Government Accountability Office.”


This would make yet another criminal investigation of Giuliani by the SDNY, which is already examining his connections with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, both of whom have been charged by federal authorities for illegally steering foreign money to Republican political campaigns. The two men are also facing other charges and reports are that SDNY prosecutors are also looking closely at any role Giuliani may have played in Parnas and Fruman’s illegal scheme to bankroll Republican candidates.

Specifically, CREW’s complaint alleges that Giuliani:

“(Manipulated) federal funds and federal programs to advance a partisan agenda, including prohibiting anyone from causing anyone else to make a contribution of anything of value to a candidate by denying or threatening to deny any federal payment or benefit of a program authorized by Congress.”


And while SDNY is actively working on the Ukraine case, there are also likely investigations underway by officials in New York, including Attorney General Tish James, who has made it clear in past statements that she will not hesitate to look into the dealings of Trump and any of his associates or colleagues. Since much of the illegal foreign money was moved through financial institutions that have headquarters in New York, AG James has jurisdiction, as does Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. Neither Trump or U.S. Attorney General William Barr hold any sway over James or Vance, meaning they cannot try to shut down active criminal cases or pardon anyone charged with state crimes.

When all is said and done, don’t be surprised if both Trump and Giuliani rue the day they met each other.