Former Rep. Pete Sessions Subpoenaed Over Dealings With Giuliani

Clay Curtis
October 16, 2019

The whistleblower complaint labels Giuliani a "central figure" in the controversy.

U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, seen here on August 1, 2018, said he would not comply with a subpoena issued by U.S. House of Representatives Democrats as part of their impeachment inquiry into the president. Mr. Giuliani has denied wrongdoing and said he has had no indication his actions are being investigated by prosecutors.

On Saturday, Trump defended his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who is reportedly under federal investigation over his dealings with Ukraine on the president's behalf.

The probe is also looking into any links between Sessions, Giuliani, and any of Giuliani's associates arrested last week and charged with conspiring to funnel illicit funds to local politicians in exchange for favors.

The WSJ noted, for example, a 2017 contract between Giuliani's company and the city of Kharkiv, a city in the pro-Russian eastern part of Ukraine.

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Federal prosecutors haven't confirmed a Giuliani-specific investigation, though the USA attorney in NY who last week brought criminal charges against two of Giuliani's associates for alleged campaign finance violations said during a press conference that the Justice Department probe was ongoing.

Both Parnas and Fruman have a history of business dealings with Giuliani. He said he was interested in Parnas's company, which he said conducted background analysis on companies, because he had worked previously for a different company that invented technology that Parnas was going to use at Fraud Guarantee.

The Journal's report builds on reporting from The New York Times last week that Giuliani is facing an investigation by federal prosecutors into whether his involvement with Ukraine violated federal lobbying laws. Mr Giuliani said for the first time on Monday that the total sum was US$500,000. Another source familiar with the Trump legal team's arrangements said Giuliani would still work on all impeachment matters but would be restricted from handling anything dealing with Ukraine because he's also likely to be a witness in the congressional proceedings.

The Daily Beast's Sam Stein, an MSNBC contributor, joked this morning, "If I'm following this correctly, Rudy has spent months arguing that Hunter Biden was paid an absurd amount of money based on political connections and not actual professional skill, all while being paid half a million dollars for his political connections".

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