President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudolf Giuliani stated that he was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Reuters reports.
Giuliani said Parnas’ company, Boca Raton-based Fraud Guarantee, whose website says it aims to help clients “reduce and mitigate fraud”, engaged Giuliani Partners, a management and security consulting firm, around August 2018. Giuliani said he was hired to consult on Fraud Guarantee’s technologies and provide legal advice on regulatory issues.
Federal prosecutors are “examining Giuliani’s interactions” with Parnas and another Giuliani associate, Igor Fruman, who was also indicted on campaign finance charges, a law enforcement source told Reuters on Sunday.
The New York Times reported last week that Parnas had told associates he paid Giuliani hundreds of thousands of dollars for what Giuliani said was business and legal advice. Giuliani said for the first time on Monday that the total amount was $500,000.
As we reported earlier, 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.
Ex-Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko, according to U.S. prosecutors, urged them to assist in the removal of the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.