Victoria Tonizing and Joe Digenova, Trump's attorneys representing a Ukrainian oligarch wanted by U.S. authorities on conspiracy charges, personally communicated with Attorney General William Bar in July – in the midst of Rudy Juliani's hunt for a pro-compromise Ukraine.
Citing three sources familiar with the meeting, The Washington Post reports that diGenova and Toensing are arguing against Dmitry Firtash – who is described by federal prosecutors as being linked to "upper echelons" of Russian organized crime – in a meeting with the Bar and other officials of the Ministry of Justice. Bar is said to have refused the petition.
Firtash, who has been fighting extradition to the United States on bribes and corruption allegations from Vienna for more than five years, only recently hired Toensing and diGenova during a reported meeting. According to Bloomberg, he paid them $ 1
While Giuliani claims he never had anything to do with Firtash's case, he says Firtash went bankrupt at least one piece of opposition research that Giuliani would later endure on cable news as evidence of Biden's misconduct: statement to a witness by Viktor Shokin, a Ukrainian former prosecutor general, alleging that the former vice president fired him in order to protect his son from a corruption investigation.
Giuliani tells Post that he "pretended to be Firtash to see if there was any relevant information" that could help in seeking harmful information about Democrats. "As far as I can tell, he didn't. I looked at maybe 20 of these oligarchs. "
A spokesman for the Ministry of Justice stated that the Firtash case" has the support of the department's management "and stated that the DOJ would" continue to work closely with the Austrian Ministry of Justice to extradite Mr Firtash. "It is reported that Toensing declined to comment on the meeting at Barr.
Post Post also reports that prosecutors in Chicago, who in 2013 charged with bribery against Firtash, had previously come across two of the recently arrested associates of Giuliani, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman , in their case. Prosecutors are now checking whether there is a greater connection between Firtash and Soviet-born businessmen accused of campaign finance violations.
Parnassus and Fruman, reported by Giuliani to find dirt on Trump's political opponents in Ukraine, are accused of making an illegal campaign donation in an attempt to have the then-United States. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Jovanovich, removed.
Giuliani states that he does not know whether Firtash, Parnassus, and Fruman have a relationship. "This is not my job," he told the Post . Parnassus and Fruman's attorneys have not spoken publicly about their clients' potential relationships with Firtash.
According to reports, Firtash hired both Toensing and diGenova this summer on the recommendation of Parnassus, who is said to have worked as a translator for Toensing and diGenova in the Firtash case.
A spokesman for Toensing and diGenova stated that Firtash had no "business relationship" with Parnassus or Fruman. "No money was paid to Mr Parnassus from Mr Firtash outside his job as a translator at the law firm," the spokesman said.
Parnassus and Fruman were arrested at an airport in DC before announcing that they could board one-way flights to Vienna earlier this month. Julian says to the Atlantic that he also intends to leave for Vienna just one day after Parnassus and Fruman have to leave for the United States