Michael Cohen might have some valuable dirt on Giuliani associate Lev Parnas: report

Alternet 1 month ago

Much of Vanity Fair journalist Emily Jane Fox’s reporting on Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, has focused heavily on Trump-related scandals that included hush money payments to women Trump allegedly had extramarital affairs with and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. But since Cohen’s incarceration, another Trump-related scandal has come about: Ukrainegate. And Fox, in an article published by Vanity Fair on October 22, describes the ways in which Cohen could possibly help shed some light on Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Ukraine-related activities.

Cohen is presently serving a three-year sentence in federal prison after pleading guilty to felonies that include tax and bank crimes as well as campaign finance violations. Although the attorney offered plenty of dirt on Trump when he publicly testified before Congress in February (Cohen began serving his sentence in May), none of the information that he offered led to impeachment. But Trump is now facing an impeachment inquiry in the U.S. House of Representatives for trying to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, during a July 25 phone conversation, into investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. And according to Fox, Cohen might offer some insights on one of the people caught up in Ukrainegate: Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. Parnas was recently arrested and is facing conspiracy and campaign finance charges.

In her October 22 article, Fox reports that Cohen, according to sources, “has information that could be pertinent to” federal Southern District of New York prosecutors’ “investigation into Lev Parnas, one of the men who worked with Giuliani to dig up dirt on Trump’s political opponents.”

Fox reports that according to sources, Parnas “contacted Cohen in the first few weeks after Trump took office. He introduced himself through text message and asked if he would be willing to set up a meeting with Trump, the purpose being that he wanted to propose a method to save the federal government money on fraud, waste and abuse. Those who know Cohen also said that there was another occasion during which Parnas came in contact with Cohen that they said may be of interest to investigators looking into whether Parnas violated federal election laws.”

Former special counsel Robert Mueller considered Cohen a cooperative and helpful witness during his Russia investigation. And Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis continues to stress how cooperative Trump’s former fixer has been in hopes of reducing Cohen’s three-year prison sentence.

Fox reports that she has obtained a copy of a letter that, in September, Cohen’s attorneys sent to three Democratic heads of committees in the House of Representatives “urging them to ask U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III to cut the length of Cohen’s three-year prison term and allow him to finish his sentence at home in New York.” And the letter, according to Fox, “spelled out the extent of his cooperation thus far.”

Davis told Fox, “In my judgment, Michael Cohen is now even more valuable than before. First, in assisting the ongoing congressional impeachment investigation to interpret the Trump code words to lie — as in ‘no quid pro quo, no quid pro quo’ — to the EU ambassador, when he knows the truth is exactly the opposite. And second, to assist ongoing investigations by state and federal prosecutors.”

Source link
Read also:
NBC News › Politics › 2 weeks ago
As Lev Parnas floats nuggets of information, Rudy Giuliani says former associate like 'Michael Cohen'
Business Insider › Politics › 2 weeks ago
Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has provided the House Intelligence Committee with secret recordings of Trump and Giuliani, ABC News reported Sunday. Giuliani acted as an unofficial lobbyist for...
Raw Story › 2 weeks ago
ABC News reported Sunday afternoon that the Intelligence Committee has tapes of Rudy Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas. This week, Parnas revealed he has extensive evidence of President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani involved in the Ukraine...
Raw Story › 3 weeks ago
The Daily Beast published a bombshell report on Thursday evening that put indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas in the room when the former NYC mayor pressured the Ukraine for political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden’s family. “When...
Raw Story › Politics › 1 month ago
CNN issued a bombshell report on Friday about an indicted associate of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. “Earlier this year, Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, received a sudden windfall of money from a prominent Ukrainian...
The Week › 2 weeks ago
Lev Parnas, an associate of President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has given photographs and audio and video recordings to the House Intelligence Committee, several people with knowledge of the matter told ABC News. Parnas and his business...
The Week › 1 day ago
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday said in a court filing that Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas has misrepresented his income and failed to disclose that he received $1 million from Russia in September. Parnas, they said, poses "an extreme risk of...
Alternet › 3 weeks ago
Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani who helped the former New York mayor hunt for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine, allegedly claimed that President Donald Trump personally tasked him with a “secret mission” to...
Raw Story › 2 weeks ago
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has been tied to yet another questionable encounter with Rudy Giuliani’s indicted associate. It was revealed this week that Lev Parnas helped Nunes set up meetings in Europe in efforts to discredit the Russia investigation. It...
Raw Story › 1 week ago
Lev Parnas, one of the associates of Rudy Giuliani arrested on federal charges, believes he has evidence that Congress needs for the impeachment inquiry, his lawyer told a judge on Monday. “Just left an SDNY hearing for Lev Parnas the main actor in...
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google