WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, received $ 500,000 for the work he had done for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman who co-founded last week was arrested on charges of campaign funding, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks at a rally to support a change of leadership in Iran at UN Headquarters in New York, USA, September 24, 2019. REUTERS / Shannon Stapleton / File Photo
The Businessman Lev Parnas is a close partner of Giuliani and has been involved in his efforts to identify Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading nominee for the Democratic Party 2020 nomination.
Giuliani reported that the company was commissioned by Parnas, Fraud Guarantee, based in Boca Raton, on whose website customers are to be assisted in "reducing and reducing fraud", commissioned by August 2018, the management and security consulting firm Giuliani Partners, to engage with Fraud Guarantee technologies and provide legal advice on regulatory issues.
The Attorney General "investigates Giuliani's interactions" with Parnas and another Giuliani employee, Igor Fruman, who was also charged with campaign funding, told a Reuters law enforcement agency on Sunday.
The New York Times reported last week that Parnas told his staff that he paid Giuliani hundreds of thousands of dollars for what Giuliani called business and legal advice. Giuliani said for the first time on Monday that the total amount was $ 500,000.
Giuliani told Reuters that the money was received in two payments within a few weeks. He said he could not remember the payment dates. He said that most of the work he did for the fraud guarantee was completed in 2018, but that he had taken follow-up action for more than a year.
Parnas and Fruman were arrested last week at Dulles Airport outside of Washington for forwarding foreign money to unnamed US officials for relations between the US and Ukraine in violation of US federal election finance laws influence. The men were preparing for a plane to Europe.
According to an unpublished Russian prosecutor, an unidentified Russian businessman made two $ 500,000 bank transfers of foreign bank accounts to a Fruman-controlled US account in September and October 2018, Fruman, Parnas, and two other men, who were indicted in the indictment in order to influence US politicians and candidates, the indictment said.
Foreigners are prohibited from making contributions and other expenses related to US elections and making contributions on behalf of others.
Giuliani said he was confident that the money he received came from "a domestic source," but he would not say where it came from.
"I certainly know that the source of the money is not a questionable source," he told Reuters in an interview. "The money did not come from foreigners. I can totally exclude that, "he said.
He declined to say whether the money had been paid directly to him through the fraud guarantee or from another source.
John Dowd, a lawyer from Parnas and Fruman, would also not discuss the source of funding that Giuliani received for his work on the fraud guarantee. "What I know is privileged," Dowd said.
Reporting by Karen Freifeld and Aram Roston,; Additional coverage by Mark Hosenball; Edited by Ross Colvin and Marla Dickerson