Rudy Giuliani had a tough weekend. After the FBI woke him up to issue an arrest warrant for his electronic devices, Donald Trump’s attorney found the front page of every newspaper when revelations came out of the federal investigation into his Ukrainian hijinks.
Rudy’s reputation has grown so bad that even a seedy oligarch like Dmitry Firtash, who is currently being extradited from Vienna to the United States for bribery, is very eager to let the world know that he is not with Rudy. The federal prosecutor’s office has described this man as a member of a cadre of “high-ranking officials in Russian organized crime,” and Firtash is still trying to put some distance between himself and the former president’s clown lawyer.
In 2019, Firtash told the New York Times that Giuliani reached out to him with a deal to get the Justice Department to drop the case against him in order to tarnish Joe Biden. Giuliani called on him to fire Lanny Davis, his Democrat-leaning attorney, and replace him with Victoria Toensing and her husband Joe diGenova, conservative media stars who had worked with Giuliani to advance his false claims about the current president. Firtash did as he was told, and indeed Toensing managed to secure the time with then Attorney General Bill Barr to discuss Firtash’s case.
But that was then and that is now. As Talking Points Memo points out, Firtash Toensing, who was also visited by the DOJ’s cell phone hunt group, gave the boot. He’s back with Davis, who made a statement with colleague Dan Webb on Friday denying any involvement in finding dirt for Joe Biden and his son.
“Mr. Firtash has never authorized anyone on his behalf to participate in an investigation into the Bidens in Ukraine,” they insisted, despite Rudy and his allies for a year dodging an affidavit from a shamed Ukrainian prosecutor who claimed he was I made them available certificate “at the request of lawyers who work for Dmitry Firtash … for use in court proceedings in Austria.”
Davis and Webb claim that their client has been “drawn into” this internal US struggle without his will and without his will and claim that Firtash steadfastly refused to participate in any “filth-digging efforts”.
“That might have helped Mr. Giuliani … but it wouldn’t have helped him with his legal problems,” he wrote.
Mr. Firtash’s new old attorneys could not explain how their client’s name ended up on that affidavit. Or how Giuliani’s pal Lev Parnas, who is currently himself under federal indictment, ended up on a $ 1 million loan from Firtash’s attorney. Or exactly why he needed Parnas as a “translator” when he was working with Toensing and diGenova. It is important that “he had no information, did not collect information, and did not fund anyone who would collect this information.”
And that nobody believes they have anything to do with this incompetent rejecter Rudy Giuliani.
Defendant Ukrainian oligarch issues statement distancing himself from Giuliani [Talking Points Memo]
Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore, where she writes on law and politics.