Giuliani at Center of Ukraine Controversy

Headline Roundup October 12th, 2019

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is the subject of increasing media scrutiny following reports that federal authorities are investigating whether the former NYC mayor broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine. Citing anonymous sources, The New York Times reported that Manhattan prosecutors are "examining Mr. Giuliani’s efforts to undermine" the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie L. Yovanovitch. ABC News separately reported that the criminal investigation is focused on Giuliani's relationship with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two Soviet-born businessmen who became the first individuals charged in connection with the Ukraine controversy earlier this week.

The reports triggered a wave of follow-on speculation regarding Giuliani's role in the affair and his relationship with Trump, who seemed to distance himself from his longtime ally in comments on Friday.

Giuliani at Center of Ukraine Controversy

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OPINION

Two clients of Rudy Giuliani just got indicted on serious federal charges. The two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were born in the former Soviet Union, are tied up with Ukrainian state-owned oil companies and marijuana ventures in Las Vegas, and a federal court found them to have stiffed business partners in the past. Federal authorities on Wednesday nabbed the two at the airport while trying to leave the United States with one-way tickets.

While everyone ought to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, these guys hardly look like...

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President Donald Trump appears to be distancing himself from his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, amid reports that Giuliani is under investigation by federal prosecutors at the Southern District of New York (SDNY).

"I don't know," Trump said Friday when reporters asked him if Giuliani was still his lawyer. "I haven't spoken to Rudy ... He has been my attorney."

When The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey texted Giuliani asking him about Trump's comments and if he was still representing the president, Giuliani replied, "Yes."

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For weeks, prominent Republican advisers have been privately imploring President Donald Trump to sideline Rudy Giuliani after a barrage of inconsistent, combative and occasionally cringe-inducing media interviews, according to three people familiar with the conversations.

And that was before the arrest of two foreign-born businessmen who reportedly helped Giuliani try to discredit former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading Democrat to take on Trump in next year’s election. Several reports have indicated Giuliani himself may be caught up in the probe.

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