On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe discussed a potentially serious source of criminal liability for President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani: Failure to register as a foreign agent.
“Forget about impeachment. Let’s say it goes nowhere, doesn’t go anywhere,” said Cuomo. “If you’re running this case, [Southern District of New York], and you’re looking for potential criminality, what are the potential crimes involved with what we know about Rudy so far and where questions might lead.”
“We don’t know,” said McCabe. “The Southern District has many, many more facts than we have at this points but from the few facts we have, I think one of the things you would have to consider with respect to Mr. Giuliani is a possible FARA, Foreign Agents Registration Act, that requires any person acting as an agent of a foreign principal to file a very detailed registration for the Department of Justice.”
“That means if you’re working for somebody outside the country and doing work for them inside the country, you’ve got to register,” said Cuomo. “So Rudy says, I wasn’t doing that. I was only working for the president.”
“So lots of people who are contacted by DOJ say the same thing,” said McCabe. “One possible theory of a FARA problem for Mr. Giuliani here — this is just a theory — is that you look back to Parnas and Fruman, and in their indictment it’s alleged that they received money from a Ukrainian political figure, which they then used to donate to a congressional campaign.”
“They’re Americans those guys,” said Cuomo. “Soviet-born but American naturalized. They had their own accusations, but that they were funneling money to elections out west.”
“The problem is the Ukrainian political figure that was the source of some of these donations,” said McCabe. “That is your — that’s your foreign principal for the terms under the FARA statute. So if Mr. Giuliani was participating in that effort to have the ambassador removed, which we know that Parnas and Fruman were doing by their lobbying of then-congressman Sessions, who wrote a letter to the State Department seeking the ambassador’s removal, that could provoke a foreign agent registration obligation, which Mr. Giuliani may have not have seen through on.”
CNN’s Chris Cuomo flattens Trump apologist David Urban for still spreading debunked Politico report lies
President Donald Trump's key CNN supporter, David Urban got into it with every person on the panel Thursday when he attempted to spin Fiona Hill's testimony.
The key Trump talking point is to cite a Politico article that has been debunked by American national intelligence and the testimony of the experts that have appeared under oath to the House Intelligence Committee.
As host CNN John King noted from the testimony, Hill and diplomat David Holmes are "critical" for making the case of Trump's corruption.
"Republicans are going to argue this is Trump being Trump, he was working outside the system," King said. "'Maybe you question Rudy Giuliani, but he wanted his guy's hands on the policy. You may not like it. Maybe it got ugly but it's not an impeachable offense.' That's where the Republicans are going to get us."
CNN’s Cuomo calls the GOP a ‘national security threat’ for still pushing Trump’s ‘ignorant’ Ukraine conspiracies
Devin Nunes says Dems are accusing Trump of ‘thought crime’ in Orwellian opening statement
On Thursday, ahead of testimony from National Security Council official Fiona Hill in the impeachment proceedings, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) unleashed a tirade of nonsense in his opening statement, claiming that President Donald Trump is being punished for a "thought crime," and listing off a bunch of false attacks on Democrats.
"President Trump, we are to believe, was just about to do something wrong, and getting caught was the only reason he backed down from whatever nefarious thought crime the Democrats are accusing him of almost committing," said Nunes. "I once again urge Americans to continue to consider the credibility of the Democrats on this committee who are now hurling these charges. For the last three years, it's not President Trump who got caught, it's the Democrats who got caught."