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Where’s Rudy?

As more Americans are hearing and understanding the epic scope of President Donald Trump’s criminality, one particular person of interest in the Congressional impeachment inquiry has all but disappeared since two of his associates were arrested this month on campaign finance charges: Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.

Once a fixture on cable channels and Sunday news shows, Giuliani seems to be slithering under the rocks, concerned about his own potential legal peril as his dealings come under scrutiny by federal investigators.

There is ample reason for Giuliani to be worried, legal experts told Political Dig. They point to a range of activities in which Giuliani has engaged over the years that may be of interest to investigators.

The most recent of these, of course, is tied to Ukraine and Giuliani’s connections to two recently indicted associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

The pair face conspiracy, false statement and other charges linked to alleged campaign finance violations.

The indictment recounts an alleged scheme by Parnas and Fruman to get the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, removed from her post. The indictment also says the pair was pursuing this goal at the behest of a Ukrainian official.

Giuliani enlisted Parnas’ and Fruman’s help to dig up dirt in Ukraine on the family of former Vice President Joe Biden and conspiracy theories tied to the 2016 election. Parnas has told NPR that he helped translate and arrange interviews for Giuliani with former Ukrainian officials.

Giuliani also has business connections with the pair.

Parnas’ company, Fraud Guarantee, paid Giuliani $500,000 to consult on technology and provide legal advice, Giuliani has said.

Giuliani was also planning to head to Vienna, Austria, a day after Parnas and Fruman were arrested as they were headed to the same destination.

And with an indictment hanging over Parnas and Fruman, and with prosecutors say those two are under pressure to cooperate and spill whatever they may know about Giuliani, including their conversations with him and any directions he might have given them, you have to wonder: Is Rudy hiding?


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