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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas got $1 million from an account in Russia in September, a month before he was charged with conspiring to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, according to U.S. prosecutors who asked a judge to jail him for understating his income and assets.

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Pelosi had it right: "All roads lead to Putin."

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-11 10:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

From SDNY court filing:

Parnas failed to disclose, in describing his income to the Government and Pretrial Services, the fact that in September 2019, he received $1 million from a bank account in Russia into Account-1. While the majority of that money appears to have been used on personal expenses and to purchase a home, as discussed below, some portion of that money existed in Account-1 at the time Parnas submitted his financial affidavit.

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#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-11 10:18 PM | Reply

Tom McParland @TMcParlandALM (Litigation reporter, covering SDNY and Second Circuit Court of Appeals for @NYLawJournal)

Prosecutors are asking a Manhattan federal judge to revoke Lev Parnas' bail, alleging that he tried to hide assets from a pre-trial services officer in Florida and calling him an "extreme" flight risk with "seemingly limitless access to foreign funds."

The filing came in response to Parnas' request to modify his bail conditions so that he could leave his house during the day, so long as he avoids "airports, boat docks or train terminals."

Prosecutors said they learned of the misstatements while preparing their response. . . .

"Parnas has proven adept at gaining access to foreign funding: in the last three years, Parnas received in excess of $1.5 million from Ukrainian and Russian sources....he could quickly and easily flee the United States for Ukraine or another foreign country," filing says.


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#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-12 12:34 AM | Reply

In September!

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-12-12 10:15 AM | Reply

Let he who hasn't received a few million from Russia cast the first stone.

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-12-12 10:16 AM | Reply

Amazingly absent from this thread is the usual (R)tarded apologists and water carriers.
Daddy Vlad must be slow at getting the talking points out this morning.

#6 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-12-12 10:38 AM | Reply

So now we know, Putin is paying for Drumpf's legal defense and for Rudy Colludy to spread this BS Ukraine/Biden/2016 fantasy to cover Russia's ass so that Dotard can lift sanctions and collude with them again in 2020.

#7 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2019-12-12 11:08 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 4

As much as I do not want to say the following... given the events of late, and evidence that has been emerging, I'd say that your opinion may not be too far from reality.


#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-12-12 11:53 AM | Reply

Trump has been putin's puppet the entire time. The full scale of this scandal wont be fully discovered for years. And repubs are fighting to help putin destroy america. Because it's better than agreeing with dems.

#9 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-12-12 01:13 PM | Reply

Give Parnas a good sweating. Take him on a road trip to Florence, Colorado to inspect his new jail cell. Unlike Maria "The Hummer" Butina, no one in the US will dare stand up for Lev, and any foreign influence could well be smoked out, with dire consequences for Rudy G., et alia. Lev isn't stupid--show him what life will be like in a small concrete box, and he will yammer away until the cows come home, with Trump having no explanation how or why he had so many pix taken with a Russian agent.

Break Lev and we go a long way to breaking Trump...

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2019-12-12 01:19 PM | Reply

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Rudy has worked as Trump's lawyer for "free," but Parnas paid him half a million dollars for his work. If Parnas himself was being paid by Russian sources, this means the Russians were essentially subsidizing Trump, paying for the work themselves so he didn't have to lay out a dime of his own money.

Then there is the tangible benefits that Vladimir Putin has received in this arrangement:

What did Russia get in return? Quite a bit. Trump attempted to hold up military aid that had been passed by Congress by margins Trump couldn't block. He has continued to withhold a desperately sought meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, which the Ukrainian president believed would serve as a signal of American support, and give Ukraine leverage against Russia. Instead, Trump met this week in the White House with Russian foreign minister Sergey V. Lavrov, sending the opposite of the signal Ukraine wanted. Andrew Weiss, a Russia expert at the Carnegie Institute for International Peace, tells the New York Times, "The Russians surely arranged the Lavrov visit to capitalize on all of this and to send a message to the Ukrainians that they're basically on their own now and need to cut the best deal they can since the U.S. backstop is largely inoperative."

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This isn't speculation, it's the truth. If Parnas was paying Rudy his $500,000 out of money he received from Russia, Russia(ns) are paying for Rudy's 2020 election escapades in Europe and Ukraine in service of Trump!

This information needs to be packed down, vetted, and if substantiated, incorporated into Trump's impeachment case. Screw quid pro quo on the Ukraine aid, when we've got Russia funding the scheme for Trump's benefit along with Trump's own words saying "Talk to Rudy" already on the record.

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-12 06:43 PM | Reply

Hmm, from the NY mag article:

Rudy has worked as Trump's lawyer for "free," but Parnas paid him half a million dollars for his work. If Parnas himself was being paid by Russian sources, this means the Russians were essentially subsidizing Trump, paying for the work themselves so he didn't have to lay out a dime of his own money.

From the Bloomberg article:

The payment raises provocative new questions about the nature of the work Parnas and his associate Igor Fruman were doing and who they were doing it for. Much about what they did remains unclear.

All this is reminiscent of Manafort, who as Trump's campaign manager also worked for free, but was, in fact, being subsidized by foreign sources.

#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-12 07:43 PM | Reply

This information needs to be packed down, vetted, and if substantiated, incorporated into Trump's impeachment case. Screw quid pro quo on the Ukraine aid, when we've got Russia funding the scheme for Trump's benefit along with Trump's own words saying "Talk to Rudy" already on the record.

Wow, wouldn't that be something? It would makes sense, too, since we know that Rudy has been consulting with Manafort even though Manafort is in jail. If anyone would know which Russian oligarchs and Putin-backed Ukrainian oligarchs to cozy up to for funding, disinformation and Russian-approved propaganda, it would be Manafort.

#13 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-12 07:55 PM | Reply

Yep, as the NY mag article points out, Rudy has picked up where Manafort left off:

That's not all. A large part of Russia's agenda in Ukraine is to influence that country's internal politics. Ukraine is ground zero of Russia's overseas political operations. Moscow has financed a series of corrupt officials who pursue pro-Russian policies. (Russia then turns around and uses Ukraine's corruption as a reason for other countries to shun it.) Before he managed Trump's 2016 campaign, Paul Manafort was paid by Russian oligarchs to represent the pro-Russian Party of Regions.

The revolution that deposed Manafort's candidate and the recent election of reformist president Zelensky have threatened Russia's internal influence in Ukraine. Giuliani's work there has essentially picked up where Manafort left off. He has tried to vindicate Manafort by digging up evidence that Ukrainians framed him as a criminal through the "black ledger" listing his illegal payments. On his trip to Ukraine, Giuliani huddled with a number of notoriously corrupt pro-Russian officials, including veterans of the Party of Regions. (Philip Bump has a good rundown of the rogues' gallery of Giuliani partners.) He is openly working to promote the cast of characters Russia wants to run Ukraine.


#14 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-12 08:05 PM | Reply

It's this simple: Russians paid Parnas; Parnas paid Rudy with Russian money; and Rudy is attempting to influence the 2020 election through the work he's doing on behalf on his non-paying client Donald Trump, ergo, Trump is the intended beneficiary of the Russian money.

Trump is currently and openly doing exactly what he is being impeached for - using foreign sources to affect our domestic electoral politics.

Game, set, match.

If the Republican members of Congress do not consider this arrangement impeachable conduct they themselves should be investigated for sedition on behalf of a foreign enemy.

#15 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-12-12 08:22 PM | Reply

Another Roma/Tuesday thread, ie., thousands of words of spam.

#16 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-12-12 08:25 PM | Reply

Quick and dirty summary for you, NulliL

Rudy's pal Lev received 1 million dollars from a Russian bank account in September, one month before he was indicted. He hid that income in his wife Svetlana's bank account and didn't disclose it to the feds, which likely makes them wonder exactly who in Russia gave him the money and for what purpose. For example, did any of it get passed along to Rudy, who has been working for Trump for free?

#17 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2019-12-12 10:07 PM | Reply

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