Federal Prosecutors Investigating Giuliani Will Interview Ukraine Gas Executive
Federal prosecutors investigating the business dealings of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and two of his associates are set to interview a top executive from Ukraine’s state-owned gas company, according to The Washington Post.
Andrew Favorov, an American citizen, reportedly has agreed to a sitdown with Southern District of New York prosecutors to discuss his experiences with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, Soviet-born associates of Giuliani who worked with him as he tried to dig up dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine.
Favorov is reported to have met with Parnas and Fruman on two occasions, during which they pitched to him “a deal to import liquefied natural gas and explored whether he would agree to replace the chief executive of the giant Ukrainian gas company,” The Post reported.
Dale Perry, an American gas executive who was briefed on Favorov’s first discussion with the two men in Houston, said Parnas and Fruman told Favorov that then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch would likely stand in their way. They also assured Favorov that she would soon be ousted from her post.
Weeks later, Favorov met with the men again, this time in Washington. Following that meeting, “Favorov was stunned when Yovanovitch was abruptly recalled from Kyiv, as Parnas and Fruman had predicted,” according to people familiar with Favorov’s account.
“If she can be removed, then anything is possible now,” Perry told The Post during an interview in October. “Where is the rule of law? Where is the stability?”
Parnas and Fruman reportedly discussed Yovanovitch with Trump in the spring of 2018, during a dinner for top super PAC donors at the president’s Washington, D.C., hotel.
The Post said the scope of the federal investigation into Giuliani, Parnas and Fruman’s business dealings remains unclear.
The two Giuliani associates, along with two other men, were arrested in October on campaign finance charges. They are alleged to have funneled foreign money to candidates and political action committees in the U.S.