Lev Parnas’ Attorney Ties Lindsey Graham To Ukraine Scandal
Rudy Giuliani told former associate Lev Parnas that in late 2018, he delivered a letter to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) calling for sanctions on a number of Ukrainian officials, according to Parnas’ attorney.
Joseph Bondy told The Daily Beast that included on the list was one official widely viewed by the West as a brave reformer, and another individual was the head of the Ukrainian company where Hunter Biden was a board member.
A second, similar letter The Daily Beast reviewed was addressed to Sigal Mandelker, who was then a top official at the Treasury Department.
Both letters “claim that an eclectic mix of Ukrainian political figures and businesspeople were part of an alleged ‘organized crime syndicate’” and that the officials were “actively involved in the siphoning of funds appropriated by the American government for aid to Ukraine.”
Those funds were then “to buy black-market military parts from a Russian company under U.S. sanctions,” the letters claim.
The writer of the letter introduced himself to Mandelker as a Ukraine-born U.S. citizen named Michael Guralnik and claimed he graduated from the Soviet Military Academy and was “a 10-year veteran of the Soviet Army.”
This introduction was absent from the letter to Graham, but it is signed by the same individual, The Daily Beast reported.
Graham’s letter was delivered one month before Giuliani attempted to help former Ukrainian top prosecutor Viktor Shokin to travel to the U.S. and a few weeks before “Giuliani sent Graham a letter of his own asking his staff to help three unnamed Ukrainians get visas so they could come to the U.S. and share information about the Bidens. The State Department did not give Shokin a visa.”
Neither Graham nor Giuliani responded to The Daily Beast’s requests for comment, and Guralnik initially hung up on reporters but later said via text: “Do not call anymore.”
Jordan Libowitz, a spokesman for the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), told The Daily Beast that the letters indicate further questioning of Giuliani is warranted.
“While we can’t obviously speak to the veracity of these claims, it does seem to look more and more like Rudy Giuliani is incredibly deeply involved with some seriously shady business in Ukraine and we need more information, not only on his activities, but his activities and those of his associates on behalf of or benefiting Donald Trump,” Libowitz said.
“As bad as these things look on their face, they’re so much worse if you consider the involvement of the president of the United States. There is so little we know, but enough to know that we need to know a lot more.”