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Rudy Giuliani’s business dealings in Ukraine now under investigation by Congress

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House investigators are seeking records detailing Rudy Giuliani’s business dealings in Ukraine dating back at least a decade.

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney says he has been working for free seeking information from Ukrainian government officials to benefit his client, but House Democrats are expanding their investigation of those efforts to examine Giuliani’s personal dealings there, reported the Washington Post.

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Congressional investigators want records detailing Giuliani’s work for wealthy developer Pavel Fuks, who paid for consulting work the former New York City mayor did in 2017 for the city of Kharkiv.

That same year, according to court documents, Fuks said he was banned from the U.S. for five years, but the documents don’t say why.

House committees are also seeking documents and depositions from two current Giuliani clients, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two Soviet emigres now based in Florida who have been trying to get in on a Ukrainian liquified natural gas venture.

The pair became involved in politics after Parnas donated $50,000 to Trump’s 2016 campaign and a pro-Trump super PAC reported a $325,000 donation last year from a company the two men had incorporated.

House investigators have asked for all documents related to the donations.

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Parnas confirmed Giuliani was an attorney for him and Fruman, who declined comment, but Parnas did not say whether Giuliani was being paid and would not described what work he was doing for them.

Giuliani, whose private security and consulting firm does not disclose its clients, has never registered as a foreign lobbyist, saying his work does not require such filings.

The president’s personal attorney defended his foreign work, saying the identities and interests of his clients are “irrelevant” to his unpaid work for Trump.

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“My other clients are paying me for the work I do for them,” Giuliani said. “Nobody is paying me for a single thing I’m doing for Donald J. Trump.”

National security experts say Giuliani’s dual role presents some clear conflicts.

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“It is problematic that the same person is one day portrayed as a private individual and the next day as someone working on behalf of the U.S. government and the next day working on behalf of Donald Trump personally,” said Michael McFaul, who served as ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration.


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CNN fact checker busts Trump for sharing out-of-context video intended to smear Vindman

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CNN fact checker Daniel Dale on Tuesday caught President Donald Trump sharing an out-of-context video that was intended to smear Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified earlier in the day about his concerns regarding the president's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

A tweet sent out by Trump social media director Dan Scavino showed a video of Vindman's testimony in which he acknowledged being approached by Ukrainian government officials multiple times and being offered a job as the country's defense minister.

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Ex-FBI official mocks GOP defenses of Trump: ‘No one says I’ll walk through the terms of our bribery!’

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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Tuesday roasted Republicans who claimed that President Donald Trump must be innocent because no witnesses so far have explicitly said that the president is guilty of bribery.

After watching a clip of Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) asserting that neither Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman nor State Department official Jennifer Williams had used the word "bribery" in their testimonies, McCabe mocked the GOP lawmaker for apparently believing that the only way to prove bribery occurred was to have someone admit to the bribe.

"Over the course of many years investigating organized crime, and listening to many conversations in which organized crime figures would try to bend inferiors or victims to their will, no one ever says, 'I'm going to offer you a quid pro quo,' or 'Here's how I'll walk you through the terms of our bribery.' What you have, the person with the power uses that power to coerce the subservient person to do or produce whatever it is they want."

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FBI investigating possible ‘criminal enterprise’ in Jeffrey Epstein’s jailhouse death

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The director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that the FBI was investigating whether Jeffrey Epstein's death was related to a criminal enterprise.

Two correctional officers, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, were arrested and charged Tuesday with falsifying prison records to cover up their lapses in their official duties, which included checking on Epstein every half hour, reported the Miami Herald.

The officers instead remained at their desk, browsing the internet and moving around the common area.

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