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Re: WHERE’S RUDY?
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2019, 01:01:53 AM »


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He had credibility to cut?  ???   :icon_sunny:

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Justice Department Issues Statement That Cuts Giuliani’s Credibility: NYT
Audrey McNamara

Published 10.20.19 9:26PM ET


Aram Roston/Reuters

The Justice Department on Sunday offered an unusual statement that essentially distances the attorney general’s office from Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, The New York Times reports. Peter Carr, a DOJ spokesman said Brian Benczkowski, head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and other officials, would not have met with Giuliani had they known his associates—Ukrainian businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman—were under investigation by officials in New York. “When Mr. Benczkowski and fraud section lawyers met with Mr. Giuliani, they were not aware of any investigation of Mr. Giuliani’s associates in the Southern District of New York and would not have met with him had they known,” Carr said. The statement appears to be a signal from the DOJ that they will no longer cooperate with Giuliani, and undercuts the narrative that the former mayor of New York is influential in Washington.

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Mulvaney: Trump’s ‘Surprised’ at G7 Pushback, ‘Still Considers Himself to Be in the Hospitality Business’
Justin Baragona
Updated 10.20.19 11:09AM ET /
Published 10.20.19 10:24AM ET

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, the Trump hand tasked with announcing that next year’s G7 summit was to be held at Donald Trump’s Doral resort, addressed the president’s Saturday night announcement reversing his decision. With the president blaming the media and “Irrational Hostility” from Democrats for the cancellation, Mulvaney was asked by Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace why the president “caved” to the backlash.

“I honestly think what you saw in the tweet was real,” the chief of staff replied. “He was honestly surprised at the level of pushback. At the end of the day, you know, he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business, and he saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best show, the best visit that he possibly could.”

Pressing Mulvaney on his description of the president being in the “hospitality business,” Wallace asked if Trump understood why it “looked lousy.” prompting Mulvaney to say: “I think he thinks people think it looks lousy.”
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Re: The Rudy Colludy Schadenfreude Thread
« Reply #17 on: October 22, 2019, 08:01:23 PM »
Rudy Giuliani just screwed up and admitted that Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal involved a whole bunch of Kremlin oligarchs



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Over the weekend Palmer Report noted that Rudy Giuliani had gone remarkably quiet as it became clear that the SDNY was closing in on federal criminal charges against him for his role in Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal. Now Rudy has decided to open his mouth in response to a newspaper article, and let’s just say that Rudy (and Trump) would have been a lot better off if Rudy had remained quiet.

The trouble for Rudy Giuliani is that his two recently arrested henchmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, lead directly back to imprisoned Kremlin oligarch Dmitry Firtash. Giuliani admits he was on the payroll of Parnas’ company, and in turn it’s been reported that Parnas was on Firtash’s payroll. In other words, the Trump-Giuliani Ukraine scam was being at least partly funded by a Kremlin oligarch.

This evening the Washington Post reported that the SDNY case against Giuliani, Parnas, and Fruman ended up intersecting with a separate federal case in Chicago against Firtash. This tells us something about how the scandal was uncovered, but it doesn’t necessarily tell us much about the nature of the scandal itself. Then there’s the quote that Giuliani provided.

Rudy told the WaPo that he never directly worked for Dmitry Firtash as part of his Ukraine antics. But then Rudy added this: “I did sort of look at Firtash to see if he had any relevant information … As far as I can tell, he didn’t. I looked at maybe 20 of these oligarchs.”

Wait a minute here. Immediately after claiming that he never tried to do anything with Dmitry Firtash, Rudy Giuliani then admitted that he tried to involve as many as twenty Kremlin oligarchs in Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal. Nancy Pelosi recently said that with Trump, all roads lead to Putin. She wasn’t kidding. Rudy probably just did federal prosecutors a big favor by alerting them that they should dig into his involvement with every Kremlin oligarch out there.
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Re: The Rudy Colludy Schadenfreude Thread
« Reply #18 on: October 22, 2019, 08:14:40 PM »
Rudy Giuliani just screwed up and admitted that Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal involved a whole bunch of Kremlin oligarchs



Bill Palmer

Over the weekend Palmer Report noted that Rudy Giuliani had gone remarkably quiet as it became clear that the SDNY was closing in on federal criminal charges against him for his role in Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal. Now Rudy has decided to open his mouth in response to a newspaper article, and let’s just say that Rudy (and Trump) would have been a lot better off if Rudy had remained quiet.

The trouble for Rudy Giuliani is that his two recently arrested henchmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, lead directly back to imprisoned Kremlin oligarch Dmitry Firtash. Giuliani admits he was on the payroll of Parnas’ company, and in turn it’s been reported that Parnas was on Firtash’s payroll. In other words, the Trump-Giuliani Ukraine scam was being at least partly funded by a Kremlin oligarch.

This evening the Washington Post reported that the SDNY case against Giuliani, Parnas, and Fruman ended up intersecting with a separate federal case in Chicago against Firtash. This tells us something about how the scandal was uncovered, but it doesn’t necessarily tell us much about the nature of the scandal itself. Then there’s the quote that Giuliani provided.

Rudy told the WaPo that he never directly worked for Dmitry Firtash as part of his Ukraine antics. But then Rudy added this: “I did sort of look at Firtash to see if he had any relevant information … As far as I can tell, he didn’t. I looked at maybe 20 of these oligarchs.”

Wait a minute here. Immediately after claiming that he never tried to do anything with Dmitry Firtash, Rudy Giuliani then admitted that he tried to involve as many as twenty Kremlin oligarchs in Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal. Nancy Pelosi recently said that with Trump, all roads lead to Putin. She wasn’t kidding. Rudy probably just did federal prosecutors a big favor by alerting them that they should dig into his involvement with every Kremlin oligarch out there.

So Rudi's alive! lol.

In his defense, I don't agree with BP on this too much.  The fact RG looked into 20 Oligarchs as possible sources for dirt doesn't mean he ever had any contact with them.  The only one (so far) with a clear link is Firtash.  Plus I am sure the investigators needed to tell them to look into connections with other oligarchs, all of whom they know already.

AS for Rudi though, he digs himself a bigger hole with every tweet.  One wonders at this point when they'll put out a warrant for his arrest. ???  :icon_scratch:

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Re: The Rudy Colludy Schadenfreude Thread
« Reply #19 on: October 23, 2019, 07:22:48 AM »

AS for Rudi though, he digs himself a bigger hole with every tweet.  One wonders at this point when they'll put out a warrant for his arrest. ???  :icon_scratch:

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Only SDNY knows. And Jeffrey Berman ain't talking yet.
Since Berman works for Barr, I wonder how he is getting away with his proceedings, especially as Barr snapped the spine of Robert Mueller.
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Rudy Giuliani’s henchmen just went into court and claimed they work for Pud
« Reply #20 on: October 23, 2019, 11:00:03 AM »
Rudy Giuliani’s henchmen just went into court and claimed they work for Donald Trump



t’s been clear for awhile now that the arrests of Ukraine scandal henchmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were going to be bad news for Rudy Giuliani. Now that the two men have appeared in court today, it’s become clear that their arrests are indeed bad news for Donald Trump as well.

In their first court appearance this morning, Parnas and Fruman tried to block potential evidence against them by claiming that it’s covered under executive privilege. There are obviously a few things wrong here. Underlings can’t be the ones to invoke executive privilege; only the president can invoke it. Also, executive privilege does not extend to cover potentially criminal acts. But there’s one key detail here that shouldn’t be overlooked.

The thing about executive privilege is that it only exists between the president and his underlings. The president can claim that it applies to government employees who work under him in the White House. He can also claim that it applies to his personal attorneys and such. There are grey areas in all of this, and it generally ends up being decided by the courts. But by attempting to invoke executive privilege in court, Parnas and Fruman are asserting that they have, past or present, worked under Trump.

We all know that Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman weren’t White House advisers on the government payroll at any point. So this means they’re asserting, as a formal legal defense, that they work directly for Donald Trump. This isn’t going to go well for anyone involved.
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Oh come on, Rudy
« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2019, 04:23:11 AM »

About a week ago, Rudy Giuliani learned through the media that he’s the target of a federal criminal investigation that’s already snared his henchmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. This prompted Rudy to part ways with the attorney who had been representing him in the impeachment inquiry, and announce on Twitter that he doesn’t need a lawyer going forward.

This made sense to no one but Rudy, of course. He’s going to be indicted and arrested, and he’ll need a criminal defense attorney to represent him at the resulting court proceedings. Even if Donald Trump were to pardon Rudy on federal charges, New York State would presumably sweep in with parallel state level charges, and Rudy would still end up arrested and on trial. That’s on top of the court battle he’ll be fighting over the House impeachment inquiry subpoena.

There was no scenario in which Rudy wasn’t going to need a lawyer unless he was planning to represent himself, which meant he must have been planning to represent himself. That would be an absurd and self defeating move, but Rudy is all about absurd and self defeating moves. But when Parnas and Fruman appeared in court on Wednesday, they tried to invoke executive privilege, which is a clever way of dragging Donald Trump into their trial and making the whole thing his problem.

Shortly thereafter, Palmer Report noted that Rudy Giuliani finally came to life on Twitter after a prolonged quiet period, and made a point of asserting that all of his actions with regard to Ukraine were on Trump’s behalf. In other words, if Lev and Igor are making their crimes Trump’s problem, so is Rudy. After Rudy posted that tweet, CNN reported that he’s now looking for a lawyer after all. So what’s going on here? To borrow Trump’s words, you’d have to ask Rudy.

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We had it all backwards about Rudy Giuliani’s henchmen
« Reply #22 on: October 25, 2019, 10:29:12 AM »
We had it all backwards about Rudy Giuliani’s henchmen



In the months since we first learned that Rudy Giuliani was running around Ukraine trying to promote fake scandals about the Bidens, we’ve all been asking the same question. How could someone as mentally and cognitively challenged as Giuliani be the mastermind behind a scheme like this? Sure, it was stupid, idiotic scheme that was guaranteed to fail. But still, putting together even something this dumb would have required a bit of organized thought, and Rudy’s TV appearances have made clear that he can barely remember where he’s at or who he is.

Even when Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were first arrested in the Ukraine scandal, observers on all sides – including us – initially presumed that they were Rudy Giuliani’s henchmen. After all, these were just two nobodies, while Rudy was, well, Rudy. Sure, he’s devolved into some weird sad mix of mostly senile and completely hallucinatory. But he’s still the former Mayor of New York, the current lawyer for the President of the United States, and so on. This had to be his scheme, and these two stooges had to have been working for him. Except, no.

After the arrests, Rudy Giuliani admitted that he took a half million dollars from a company run by Lev Parnas. It’s separately been reported that Parnas works for Kremlin oligarch Dmitry Firtash. There’s a reason you follow the money in these kinds of scandals: it dictates who’s working for whom. If Parnas is a henchman working for Firtash, that makes Rudy a bottom-rung henchman working for Firtash’s henchman Parnas.

Why does this matter? Rudy Giuliani is going down either way. But it’s important for everyone involved to keep in mind that this whole thing wasn’t just some braindead scheme that Rudy randomly drew up on the back of a napkin and then sold Donald Trump on. This was a scheme being run and funded by a Kremlin oligarch. Rudy was just a pawn, or a go-between for the Kremlins oligarch and Trump. This Ukraine scandal isn’t just echoing the Trump-Russia 2016 election scandal; it appears to be a continuation of the Trump-Russia scandal.
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Rudy Giuliani has utterly psychotic meltdown about Colonel Vindman
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2019, 04:18:47 PM »
Rudy Giuliani has utterly psychotic meltdown about Colonel Vindman
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Based on what’s been publicly released thus far, and based on Donald Trump’s reaction on Twitter, it’s already clear that Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman’s impeachment testimony is devastating for Trump. Based on what’s coming out of Rudy Giuliani’s crypt right now, it’s becoming clear that Rudy is also more than a bit fearful of the Colonel’s testimony.

Rudy Giuliani had largely remained quiet since his Ukraine scandal co-conspirators Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested, and word surfaced that Rudy himself is the current target of the federal criminal investigation. But when Colonel Vindman came forward to testify,
Rudy sprang to life and tweeted this lie-filled and completely incoherent screed:

ANOTHER SCHIFFTY BACKFIRE: A US gov. employee who has reportedly been advising two gov’s? No wonder he is confused and feels pressure. However the only opinion that legally counts is Pres. Zelensky’s. Who has clearly said NO pressure. End of impeachment. End of Schiff.

Uh, okay then. To be clear, Colonel Vindman has absolutely not been advising two governments. And we have no idea why Rudy Giuliani thinks that this imaginary revelation is somehow the “end of impeachment” or the end of Adam Schiff. Meanwhile, back in the real world, Rudy just gave away how truly desperate, frantic, and psychologically fractured he truly is. This comes after Giuliani had a meltdown late last night about someone named “Ben Laden.”
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IGOR STRIKES OUT
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2019, 04:10:20 AM »
IGOR STRIKES OUT



Over the past few days, Rudy Giuliani has made clear that his legal strategy now consists of yelling increasingly incoherent things on Twitter, and hoping it somehow magically keeps him from getting arrested. One of the things to watch is whether Rudy’s recently arrested co-conspirators Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman end up concluding they need to flip on him.

Last week the news surfaced that the Feds have subpoenaed Igor’s brother to testify against him, in an apparent attempt at forcing Igor to cut a plea deal. We’re presuming that sidekick Igor would flip on money-man Lev, who would then have to flip on screeching rat turd Rudy. But Igor had a clever idea for not having to flip on anyone: he would simply go into court today and argue that they should let him go. No, really, this was his strategy.

Igor Fruman’s legal team argued in court today that his ankle monitor should be removed because he’s not a flight risk. As flagged by Raw Story and BuzzFeed, the judge took one look at the fact that Igor was arrested while attempting to leave the country on a one-way flight, and – presumably after stifling a laugh – rejected the request.

This is a procedural development, but it matters in the sense that Lev and Igor are already resorting to absurd legal maneuvers that have virtually zero chance of working, which means they don’t think they have a snowball’s chance of winning at trial. Once Igor strikes out on a few more of these nonsense moves, he may conclude it’s time to go ahead and flip on the others.
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Giuliani needed Apple genius help to unlock his iPhone after being named Trump cybersecurity adviser



Oct. 31, 2019, 12:18 PM EDT
Less than a month after he was named President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity adviser in 2017, Rudy Giuliani walked into an Apple store in downtown San Francisco.

He wasn’t looking for a new gadget. Giuliani was looking for help.

He was locked out of his iPhone because he had forgotten the passcode and entered the wrong one at least 10 times, according to two people familiar with the matter and a photo of an internal Apple store memo obtained by NBC News.

“Very sloppy,” said one of the people, a former Apple store employee who was there on the day that Giuliani stopped by in February 2017.

“Trump had just named him as an informal adviser on cybersecurity and here, he couldn’t even master the fundamentals of securing your own device.”


Notes from an internal application that Apple uses for their service tickets show that Rudolph Giuliani came in with a disabled phone. Some personal information in the photo has been obscured by NBC News.Acquired by NBC News
A forgotten password is among the most common missteps in the digital age.

But Giuliani’s handling of the situation calls into question his understanding of basic security measures and raises the prospect that, as someone in the president's inner circle, his electronic devices are especially vulnerable to hackers, two former FBI cyber experts told NBC News.

“There’s no way he should be going to a commercial location to ask for that assistance,” said E.J. Hilbert, a former FBI agent for cybercrime and terrorism.

Michael Anaya, a former FBI supervisory special agent who led a cyber squad for four years, reacted with astonishment when told about Giuliani’s Apple store visit.

“That’s crazy,” he said.

Anaya said someone in Giuliani’s position should never allow a person he didn’t know to access his device.

“You’re trusting that person in the store not to look at other information that is beyond what you’re there to get assistance for,” said Anaya, who now works as the head of global investigations for the DEVCON cybersecurity firm. "That’s a lot of trust you’re putting into an individual that you don’t know.”

Anaya said protocols should be in place so White House staffers, not random Apple store employees, are the ones who help Giuliani deal with any technical issues related to his phone.

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“It’s unnerving to think that this individual has access to the most powerful person in the world and that sensitive communications could be disclosed to people who should not have access to them,” Anaya said.

Giuliani responded to the story seven hours after it was published.

"Hey @NBCNews, last I checked the FBI, last year, had to ask Apple to unlock an iPhone too!" Giuliani said in a tweet that went on to reference the fact that it was Halloween night. "We’re all human, just maybe not tonight."

A jack-o-lantern emoji was added to the end of the tweet.

The previously undisclosed Apple store episode adds a new chapter to the chronicles of Giuliani’s tech follies.

NBC News reported last week that Giuliani twice butt-dialed one of its reporters, leaving long voicemail messages in which he is heard discussing the Bidens, business in Bahrain and his need for cash.

Both of the accidental calls were made in the hours after Giuliani had spoken with the reporter.

In the first voicemail message left on Sept. 28, Giuliani can be heard bashing Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as recounting his effort to push Ukraine to launch an investigation into the Bidens. The second recording, left on Oct. 16, captured Giuliani talking to an unidentified man about Bahrain.

“The problem is we need some money,” Giuliani says in the voicemail message. “We need a few hundred thousand.”

Giuliani’s effort to push Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden has made him a key figure in the impeachment inquiry playing out in Washington. Despite being the president's personal lawyer, Giuliani is not a White House employee and has said he doesn't have security clearance.

Spurred by the recordings, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a presidential candidate, is planning to send a letter to the State Department inspector general Thursday demanding an expanded investigation into Giuliani’s overseas activities, Harris’s office told NBC News.

Harris noted in a draft of the letter that Giuliani was “recently overheard discussing suspicious financial arrangements in Bahrain and Turkey.”

“These reports raise a number of serious concerns, especially given allegations that Mr. Giuliani is running a ‘shadow foreign policy,’” Harris added in the draft letter, obtained by NBC News.

Giuliani was named Trump’s cybersecurity adviser on Jan. 12, 2017, an informal position outside of the government.

“This is a rapidly evolving field both as to intrusions and solutions and it is critically important to get timely information from all sources,” the presidential transition office said in a statement on that day. “Mr. Giuliani was asked to initiate this process because of his long and very successful government career in law enforcement and his now sixteen years of work providing security solutions in the private sector.”

Exactly 26 days later, Giuliani was among a group of people standing outside the Apple store in San Francisco’s Union Square neighborhood before its doors swung open at 10 a.m., according to a former store employee.

“Stores send out a preliminary scout about 15 minutes before the store opens, in order to try to organize the queues for the day,” the ex-employee said. “Rudy G. came across. I forget if I heard it via walkie-talkie, word of mouth, or the software that organized the appointment system.”

The Apple store internal memo explained what happened next.

“Customer came in with an iPhone that had a forgotten passcode and the phone had been disabled,” reads the memo, time stamped 11:20 a.m. on Feb. 7, 2017.

“Proceeded with DFU (device firmware update) restore and will set up the phone again from a current iCloud backup.”

In less technical terms, Giuliani’s phone had to be erased and set up as new because it locked him out after the wrong passcode was entered multiple times.

An NBC News review of the metadata of the photo showing the internal memo — the time and location information embedded in most digital photos — confirmed that it was taken on Feb. 7, 2017, inside the Apple store in San Francisco's Union Square. In addition to the former store employee, a second person familiar with the matter confirmed that Giuliani came to the store that day to get help restoring his disabled iPhone.

The device is listed on the internal memo as an out-of-warranty iPhone 6.

The name on the memo is Rudolph Giuliani. The phone number is connected to his consulting firm Giuliani Partners. And the personal email address he gave to the Apple store includes elements of his personal life.

NBC News sent an email to that personal address Wednesday afternoon with the name of this reporter below a brief message: “Mr. Giuliani — Trying to get in touch with you.”

Two minutes later, a one-word message from the email account landed in the reporter’s inbox: “Why?”

A follow-up email — explaining the details of this article and asking for a response — was not returned. A text message to Giuliani’s cellphone also went unreturned.

Apple did not return a request for comment.

In interviews, the two former FBI cyber experts said the two incidents taken together — Giuliani’s butt dials and reliance on Apple workers to help him reboot his phone — indicate a lax approach to mobile phone security.

“I can understand if you’re an auto mechanic or even a lawyer that these issues are not first and foremost in your mind,” Anaya said. “But I would like to think that for somebody that close to the president, this would be something they would take seriously.”

Anaya said the possibility that Giuliani might be using a personal phone for sensitive communications with the president and others would make him a prime target for foreign hackers.

“If I were a nation-state actor and that information became available to me, one of the first things I’d do is try to install some piece of malicious software that would allow us to see everything that comes in and out of that device,” Anaya said.

Hilbert said he’s also troubled by the fact that Giuliani’s cellphone data is backed up to Apple's iCloud system, even if the former New York City mayor largely uses it as his personal phone.

“All of his stuff is literally sitting in Apple systems,” Hilbert said. “It makes him very vulnerable.”

“His argument could be: ‘This is my personal phone. It’s not a big deal. I don’t use it for work,’” Hilbert added. “My response to that would be in all my years of doing this I’ve never had a case where an individual says, 'This is my personal device and we didn’t find work stuff on it.'”
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Re: IGOR STRIKES OUT
« Reply #26 on: November 02, 2019, 10:16:11 AM »
Over the past few days, Rudy Giuliani has made clear that his legal strategy now consists of yelling increasingly incoherent things on Twitter, and hoping it somehow magically keeps him from getting arrested.

What I want to know is why he hasn't been arrested already?  ???   :icon_scratch:

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Giuliani’s henchmen wanted him to star in infomercials for Fraud Guarantee
« Reply #27 on: November 06, 2019, 07:01:55 AM »
REVEALED: Giuliani’s henchmen wanted him to star in infomercials for sketchy Fraud Guarantee company



Lev Parnas and David Correia, two henchmen of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani who were arrested last month on campaign finance charges, wanted to enlist the former New York mayor to star in a series of infomercials for their fraud-prevention company called Fraud Guarantee.

The Daily Beast reports that the two henchmen “had plans to expand Giuliani’s role with the company” that included “a television infomercial featuring Giuliani extolling the virtues of Fraud Guarantee and its services.”

The initial plan was to have Giuliani start shooting Fraud Guarantee infomercials after the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Those plans have since been scuttled given the legal troubles now facing the company’s founders. What’s more, as the Wall Street Journal reported last week, the company had “no identifiable customers,” so it’s questionable how serious the company was about expanding its commercial appeal.

The name “Fraud Guarantee” has become a running joke after it was revealed that the company was allegedly used to fraudulently funnel illegal campaign donations to Republican political candidates.

“Its name — which, read literally, seems to be guaranteeing that its customers will be defrauded — appears to have been crafted to sanitize search-engine results for Parnas’ name, so that people searching for, say, ‘Lev Parnas’ and ‘fraud’ would instead find his company,” the Daily Beast notes.

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Re: The Rudy Colludy Schadenfreude Thread
« Reply #28 on: November 20, 2019, 02:00:29 PM »
Another installment in the opera bluffs that is the Trump Impeachment saga, featuring the clown.
Was wondering how Rudy 9-11 would be taking the day's news.After reading the below, I assume we're supposed to forget about the money funneled through Rosencrants and Guildenstern from Konstantin Kilimnik for nefarious, but Putin-friendly deeds.

Rudy Giuliani has berserk meltdown after Trump’s House GOP allies try to scapegoat him during impeachment hearing
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Gordon Sondland’s public impeachment testimony today is devastating for Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, and other Trump administration officials. Sondland is also taking direct aim at Rudy Giuliani, who is now even more hosed than ever. This has prompted Trump’s House Republican allies to try to scapegoat Rudy in the name of protecting Trump. Not shockingly, Rudy has something to say about this. Unfortunately for Rudy, it’s barely intelligible.

Gordon Sondland testified today that Donald Trump ordered him to go through Rudy Giuliani on all Ukraine matters, in what turned out to be – in Sondland’s words – a “quid pro quo.” Just don’t tell that to Rudy, who has responded on Twitter by posting this bizarre screed: “During the July 24 conversation Donald Trump agrees to a meeting with Pres. Zelensky without requiring an investigation, any discussion of military aid or any condition whatsoever. This record shows definitively no quid pro quo, which is the same as no bribery. END OF CASE!”

But then came the part where House Republican Counsel Steve Castor began asking Gordon Sondland about Rudy Giuliani’s personal financial interests in Ukraine. Castor officially works for the House Republicans on the committee, who in turn unofficially work for Trump. So this was definitely Trump throwing Rudy under the bus.

Rudy Giuliani fired back with this tweet: “Republican lawyer doesn’t do his own research and preparation, and is instead picking up Democrat lies, shame. Allow me to inform him: I have NO financial interests in Ukraine, NONE! I would appreciate his apology.” Uh, sure, okay, Rudy. The bottom line is that with Gordon Sondland having backed the entire Trump regime into a no-win corner, Trump and his allies are now trying to pin it all on Rudy. It won’t work.
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Rudy Giuliani goes berserk as Ukrainian flips on him
« Reply #29 on: November 23, 2019, 11:07:53 AM »
Rudy Giuliani goes berserk as Ukrainian flips on him

Rudy Giuliani has been even more incoherently angry and belligerent than usual today on Twitter, suggesting that he knew bad news was coming for him. Sure enough, it turns out a prominent Ukrainian has flipped on Rudy and agreed to help the Feds with their criminal case against him.

Rudy has been ranting and raving today about how Joe Biden has somehow conspired with the media to silence him, and how Biden is some kind of mafia boss. It’s the kind of nonsense that an unraveling criminal shouts while law enforcement drags him away by his heels – and it’s sure starting to look like that’s what is about to happen to Giuliani.

It’s been previously reported that among the numerous things the Feds are investigating Rudy Giuliani for, one of them is the allegation that he tried to use his position as Trump’s lawyer to force Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz to do his personal financial bidding. Now the CEO of that company is making a point of tellingTime Magazine that he’s going to fully cooperate with the investigation. This is a big deal for a couple reasons.

First, the easiest way to nail Rudy Giuliani for his crimes is a money trail or paper trail. If this company can turn over records proving that Rudy Giuliani was trying to use his position as Donald Trump’s lawyer to force the company to make moves that would have benefited him financially, then it’ll be a nearly automatic conviction. Second, it’s a big deal that the head of a major Ukrainian company is looking to help expose Rudy’s crimes in that country, as it could be the start of a trend.

“The old world is dying, and the New World struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.”

 

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