Late on the night of October 16, Rudy Giuliani had a telephone conversation with this reporter.
The fact that Giuliani was dating was not remarkable. He and a reporter had talked earlier that evening about the story of their ties to a fenced-in Iranian opposition group.
But this conversation, it will soon become clear, is not the typical case of a source who has contacted a reporter.
The call went in at 23:07 and went to voicemail; the reporter fell asleep.
The next morning, a message exactly three minutes long sat in the reporter's voice message. In the recording, the words that came out of Giuliani's mouth were not directed at the reporter. He was talking to someone else, someone in the same room.
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Giuliani can be heard discussing overseas deals and complaining about the need for money, though it is difficult to understand the full context of the conversation.
The call seemed to be one of the most unfortunate of the fake passes: what is known, in casual speech, as the back dial.
And it didn't happen for the first time.
"You know," says Giuliani at the beginning of the recording. "Charles would have difficulty in the fraud case," because he did not do the due diligence. "
It was not clear who Charles was or who might be involved in the fraud. In fact, much of the first minute of the message is difficult to understand, partly because the other person's voice in the conversation is muted and hardly understood.
But then Giuliani says something that is crystal clear.
"Let's get back to business."
He goes on.
"I have to get you to Bahrain. "
Giuliani is well connected in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Last December, he visited the Persian Gulf and had a meeting with King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa at the Royal Palace." The King received an American delegation to the
Giuliani runs a security consulting company, but it is unclear why he will have a meeting with the King of Bahrain. Has he acted as a consultant? Trump's lawyer? Or ka
In May, Giuliani told the Daily Beast that his firm had struck a deal with Bahrain to advise its police forces on counter-terrorism measures, but a Bahrain profile a meeting agency suggested that Giuliani was viewed more as an ambassador than as a security consultant. "The King of the HM praised the longtime Bahrain-USA. relations, noting the willingness of the two parties to continuously develop them, "it is said.
The voicemail does not provide details of the meeting. But Giuliani can hear him tell the man that he needs to call Robert again tomorrow.
"Is it Robert?" Asks Giuliani.
"He is in Turkey," replies the man.
Julian replies instantly, "The problem is we need some money."
Then the two men are silent. Nine seconds pass No word is spoken. Then Giuliani calls again.
"We need several hundred thousand," he says.
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It is not clear what they were talking about. But it is known that Giuliani worked closely with Robert, who has ties with Turkey.
His name is Robert Mangas and he is a lawyer with LLP Greenberg Traurig and a registered agent of the Turkish Government. [1
Mangas's name appears in court documents related to the case of Reza Zarab, a Turkish gold trader accused in the US of money laundering in Iran. a scheme to avoid US sanctions.
Giuliani was hired to assist Zarab in 2017. He traveled to Turkey with his former law partner Michael Mukasey and tried to strike a deal with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to secure the release of their incarcerated client, alarming a federal prosecutor direct the case.
At that time, Giuliani and Manga were occupied by Greenberg Traurig. The firm and Mangas have registered with the Justice Department to lobby the US government on behalf of Turkey, according to a Mangas news release.
Mangas did not send a request for comment.
Julian's conversation partner can be heard in response to the "several hundred thousand" comment. But it is possible to understand only the beginning of his answer, and even if this is somehow confused.
"I would say that even Bahrain can get, I'm not sure how good he is (19459015) with his people," says the man.
"Yes, well," says Giuliani.
"Want options? I have options, "the man says.
" Yes, give me options, "Julian replies.
The exchange took place at the 2:20 mark in the voicemail message. The other man makes much of the call in the remaining 40 seconds and it's hard to comprehend what he says.
Not for the first time
By the time of this call, it was already clear that Giuliani's dial was not just happening with ice 23:00
Giuliani's late-night dial came 18 days after Giuliani's filing.
The first happened when a NBC News reporter was at a fifth birthday party for an extended family member in Central Jersey.  It was 3:37 PM On Saturday, September 28, and a pink unicorn pinni was just strung around a tree in the backyard.
Against the excitement of his 3-year-old daughter, the reporter decided to drop Julian's voice call your mail.  The other day, a reporter interviewed Giuliani for an article citing several former Department of Justice colleagues who said they believed he had committed crimes in an effort to induce Ukrainians to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Bai.
After pink unicorn pinata came bouncing castle and then cake. It wasn't until an hour after the call that the reporter realized that this had resulted in a three-minute voicemail, the maximum his phone allowed.
In the message, Giuliani is heard talking to at least one other person. During the interview, it looks exactly where Giuliani's telephone conversation with the reporter ended the previous day, with Giuliani insisting that he was the target of the attacks as he made public accusations of a powerful Democratic politician.
"I expected it to become Julian says at the beginning of the recording. "The moment you touch any of the protected people, they go crazy. They come after you. "[Youhavethetruthonyourside"saysanunidentifiedman
"He is very powerful," says Giuliani.
Giuliani spends three whole minutes fighting the Biden. He can be heard recycling many of the unsubstantiated claims he makes in cable news and in interviews with print reporters.
Among the allegations: Biden intervened to stop the investigation of a Ukrainian gas company because his son Hunter was sitting on board and that Hunter Biden was trading his father's position as vice president to win $ 1.5 billion from the Chinese investors.
"There is much more to go on the market," says Giuliani. "He did the same in China. And he tried to do it in Kazakhstan and Russia. "
" This is a sad situation, "he adds." Do you know how they work out?
Shortly afterwards, Julian turns to Hunter Biden. "When he became Vice President, the kid decided to go around the world and say," Rent me because I'm Joe Biden's son. "And most people wouldn't hire him because there is a drug problem."
Julian's efforts to stimulate Bidens' Ukrainian inquiry are at the heart of the impeachment investigation underway in Parliament And on Wednesday, two of Giuliani's associates pleaded guilty to misconduct is campaigning in part to promote the interests of foreign nationals, including a former Ukrainian prosecutor involved in the expulsion of the former US ambassador to the country.
In the record, Giuliani mentions nothing about his own activities in Ukraine and elsewhere. But he makes unfounded claims about working abroad for Hunter Biden.
"His son made anywhere between 5 and 8 million," says Giuliani. "A $ 3 million transaction was laundered, which is illegal."
Last week, Hunter Biden said in an interview with ABC News that he would step down from the board of a Chinese investment company he joined in October 2017.
One of Hunter Biden's early business partners was Christopher Heinz, the stepchild of former Secretary of State John Kerry, but Heinz opposed Hunter Biden's decision to work for the Ukrainian gas company and eventually cut ties with him. Heinz has nothing to do with Chinese investment
But in a voice message, Giuliani is heard telling his friend that Carrie's passport works for the same foreign organizations that hired Hunter Biden.
"His partner is John Kerry's stepson," said Giuliani. State and Vice President for the price of one. "
The recording ends the way it started." They do not want to investigate because he is protected, so we must force them to do so, "Julian says, before apparently addressing the president's now-infamous conversation with the Ukrainian president.
" And Ukraine, they are investigating him. and they blocked him twice. So what was President [unintelligible word] "You can't continue to do this. You have to investigate this." And they say it will affect the 2020 elections. "
"No, no …" Giuliani adds, but the record breaks before he can finish the thought.
In the last 10 days , Giuliani gave several media interviews.
Calls to his phone on Thursday led to a recorded message that his inbox is full. The call was not returned – at least not yet.