Rudy Giuliani, personal attorney for President Trump, said on Monday that he received two payments totaling $500,000 from a Florida-based consulting firm founded by a Ukrainian-American businessman who was just arrested on charges of campaign fraud.
Giuliani said that he had been hired to consult on technical and legal issues by Fraud Guarantee, a firm founded by Lev Parnas that claims to help his clients reduce and avoid fraudulent situations. Giuliani's own company, Giuliani Partners, was hired by Parnas in 2018 to provide expertise on technological issues as well as give legal counsel.
Parnas and another associate of Giuliani, Igor Fruman, were both arrested at Dulles Airport in Virginia last week on charges of funneling foreign money to an unnamed American politician. Federal prosecutors alleged that two wire transfers of $500,000 each were paid by a businessman in Ukraine to an account controlled by Fruman who used the money, along with Parnas, to influence politicians.
It is illegal to accept money from foreign nationals for political purposes or to make donations from a foreign land under someone else's name. Giuliani dismissed the notion that the money he received came from a foreign national by saying he was positive the money came from "a domestic source."
"I know beyond any doubt the source of the money is not any questionable source,” Giuliani said. “The money did not come from foreigners. I can rule that out 100%."
John Dowd, attorney for Parnas and Fruman, backed upped Giuliani's claim but declined to further comment on the source of money used to pay his consulting fee.
"What I know is privileged," Dowd said.