Giuliani’s Henchmen Tried To Broker Ukrainian Gas Deal At Trump’s D.C. Hotel
According to Vice News, two indicted associates of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney attempted to broker a Ukrainian gas deal at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., earlier this year.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who reportedly worked with Rudy Giuliani in his efforts to bend Ukraine’s government to Trump’s will, met at the hotel with top representatives of Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz in May, an individual familiar with the matter told Vice.
The pair were looking “to arrange exports of significant amounts of U.S. gas to Ukraine,” and in one of the three meetings they held, Parnas and Fruman “reportedly proposed replacing both the sitting CEO of Naftogaz and the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.”
Former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was in fact removed from her post earlier this year — a result Parnas reportedly worked to facilitate. Vice reported that two of his meetings with Naftogaz representatives came on the heels of Yovanovitch’s ouster.
Parnas and Fruman both currently face charges in the Southern District of New York for alleged illegal campaign contributions in an effort to gain political influence and “advance their personal financial interests.”
Both have pleaded not guilty, but Vice noted that prosecutors recently said the case will likely expand in the near future to include additional charges or defendants — which could mean Giuliani is about to find himself in hot water.
“The New York prosecutors who charged Fruman and Parnas are widely reported to be investigating Trump’s personal attorney — including the question of whether Giuliani stood to personally profit from Parnas and Fruman’s energy dealings in Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reported in November, citing people familiar with the matter,” Vice reported.