Associates of Rudy Giuliani, arrested in the USA, worked in favor of Ukraine's ex-Prosecutor General, - NBC

They assisted in the removal of the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch
20:00, 12 October 2019
Yuriy Lutsenko
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It is the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko who, according to U.S. prosecutors, urged two associates of Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani - namely, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman - to assist in the removal of the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. NBC News reports this is with reference to an informed American official.

According to the indictment, the efforts of Parnas and Fruman to remove Jovanovic from office "were made, at least in part, at the request of one or more Ukrainian government officials."

At the same time, neither in the indictment nor at the press conference did the federal prosecutors specify why an unnamed Ukrainian official or officials allegedly called on Parnas and Fruman to develop a scheme to remove Yovanovitch.

As is known, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested on the evening of October 9. It was reported that they allegedly helped Giuliani to solve the "Ukrainian question." Later they were taken into custody with the possibility of bail. On October 11, businessmen were released on a one million bail.

Parnas and Fruman are accused of violating the rules of campaign financing in the United States.

As we reported, federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph Giuliani broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine, according to two people familiar with the inquiry. This was reported by The New York Times.

Prosecutors are investigating whether the president’s lawyer broke laws meant to prevent covert foreign influence on the government.

As it was reported earlier, Fiona Hill, President Donald Trump's former top Russia adviser, will explain to Congress when she testifies next week that she was unaware of some aspects of the escalating Ukraine scandal, according to a source close with Hill who spoke to her Thursday.

She officially departed her role in August, though she had handed over most of her responsibilities in July, but was involved as Rudy Giuliani was making public pronouncements about Ukraine.

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