Victoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova, the pro-Trump lawyers for a Ukrainian oligarch, who were wanted by the US authorities for conspiracy, reportedly met with Attorney General William Barr in July – at the height of Rudy Giuliani's hunt after a compromise on Joe Biden in Ukraine.
Citing three sources familiar with the meeting, the Washington Post reports that diGenova and Toensing argued against Dmitry Firtash's charge – that the prosecutor's office considered the "upper levels" The Russian-organized crime was described at the meeting with Barr and other officials of the Ministry of Justice. Barr is said to have refused to intervene.
Firtash, who has been against extradition to the US for more than five years for bribery and corruption from Vienna, recently hired Toensing and diGenova at the time of the meeting. According to Bloomberg, he paid them $ 1
While Giuliani claims he has never had anything to do with Firtash's case, Firtash has reportedly funded at least one opposition investigation, which Giuliani later held out about cable news as evidence of Biden's wrongdoing: a testimony from Viktor Shokin of Ukraine The former Attorney General said he had fired to protect his son from corruption investigation.
Giuliani told the Post that he "looked at Firtash, so to speak, to see if he has any relevant information" that could be helpful in finding harmful information about Democrats. "As far as I can tell, he did not, and I looked at maybe 20 of those oligarchs."
A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said the Firtash case had "departmental support" and the DOJ "continued to work closely collaborating with the Austrian Ministry of Justice to extradite Mr. Firtash Toensing reportedly refused to comment on the Barr meeting.
The Post also reports that prosecutors in Chicago raised the 2013 bribery charges against Firtash Previously, two of Levi's recently arrested collaborators, Lev and Parnas, were in their case, and prosecutors there are now investigating whether there is a larger relationship between Firtash and the Soviet-born businessmen accused of campaign finance abuses
Parnas and Fruman, reportedly by G iuliani were recruited to defile Trump's political opponents in Ukraine, are accused of making an illegal campaign donation to have the Americans. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, removed.
Giuliani claimed he did not know if Firtash, Parnas and Fruman had any relationship. "It's none of my business," he told the Post . The lawyers at Parnas and Fruman have not publicly talked about their clients' potential relationship to Firtash.
It is reported that Firtash discontinued the Firtash case this summer on the recommendation of Parnas, who has worked as a translator for Toensing and diGenova, both Toensing and diGenova.
A spokesperson for Toensing and diGenova said Firtash has "no business relationship" with Parnas or Fruman. "In addition to being a translator for the law firm, Mr. Firtash has not paid Mr. Parnas any money," the spokesman said.
Parnas and Fruman were both arrested at an airport in Washington DC before they reportedly boarded. Flights to Vienna earlier this month. Giuliani told The Atlantic that he only wanted to travel from the USA to Vienna one day after the planned departure from Parnas and Fruman.