Giuliani associate says he sought to pressure Ukraine to investigate Bidens

Source: The Hill | November 10, 2019 | John Bowden

A lawyer representing an associate of Rudy Giuliani told The New York Times on Sunday that his client warned Ukrainian officials that the Trump administration would freeze military aid to Ukraine unless Kiev announced an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

According to the Times, Lev Parnas, who has found himself at the center of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, is planning to tell House Democrats that he traveled to Ukraine to warn top officials that military aid would be frozen and that Vice President Pence would not attend Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration were the announcement not made.

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Giuliani sharply disputed Parnas’s claim in a statement to the Times.

“Categorically, I did not tell him to say that,” he said.

Another associate of Giuliani’s, Parnas’s business partner Igor Fruman, also denied that the conversation took place, according to the Times.

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