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Federal Investigation Into Rudy Giuliani Involves Counterintelligence Concerns

Federal Investigation Into Rudy Giuliani Involves Counterintelligence Concerns

President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani has been under investigation by federal counterintelligence agents since at least early 2019, USA Today reports.

An attorney told the outlet that the agents contacted him as early as February to ask about Giuliani’s dealings with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, Giuliani’s henchmen in the Ukrainian pressure effort that triggered the House impeachment probe. Parnas and Fruman were arrested on campaign finance violation charges earlier this month.

The attorney, Kenneth McCallion, told USA Today that he “was asked a lot of questions by FBI and other counterintelligence investigators who were looking at Giuliani’s comings and goings in Ukraine and business dealings.”

"They were interested in the nature of any business dealings with them," McCallion said, referring to Fruman and Parnas.

McCallion said he has not been involved in any dealings with Giuliani.

Giuliani denies any knowledge:

Giuliani told USA today that Parnas and Fruman were his clients but that he had “no such knowledge” of a federal investigation involving him.

Asked whether he was aware agents questioned McCallion about his dealings with Parnas and Fruman, Giuliani said, “No.”

Giuliani’s troubles mount:

“Late last week, The New York Times reported that federal prosecutors are investigating Giuliani for potential lobbying law violations as it relates to his work in Ukraine. The Times reported that the probe focuses on Giuliani's efforts to "undermine" former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie L. Yovanovitch,” USA Today reported. “The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that investigators have been examining Giuliani’s finances, including bank records related to his work in Ukraine, since at least August. Tuesday afternoon, Giuliani's lawyer informed House Democrats that he wouldn't comply with a subpoena to produce documents related to his dealings on behalf of Trump in Ukraine.”