Jan 21, 2020

Rudy Giuliani ditches Lev Parnas: "I still feel sorry for him"

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Rudy Giuliani went on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" on Monday and tried to distance himself from close associate Lev Parnas.

Why it matters: Parnas in recent interviews has claimed that he helped carry out a campaign to pressure Ukraine to announce an investigation into the Bidens with Trump's consent and awareness.

What he's saying: "Lev is someone I'm — I was close to. Obviously, I was misled by him. I feel very bad. I was godfather to his child and spent a lot of time ... I still feel sorry for him."

  • "I'm not going to respond to him for each and every one of the misrepresentations he's made, because there are so many. If I’m called as a witness, I’m prepared to do it."
  • "I will not be sucked into a point-by-point response — which I am ready to give in great detail in front of Congress or a court, in which it will turn out that he lied multiple times."

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Lev Parnas asks Bill Barr to recuse himself from his case

Lev Parnas arrives with his wife, Svetlana Parnas, at federal court on Dec. 2 in New York City. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

Lawyers for Lev Parnas, an associate of President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, filed a request in a New York federal court Monday for Attorney General Bill Barr to recuse himself from overseeing his criminal case.

Details: Parnas, who is facing campaign finance charges, claimed there were conflicts of interest, as he said it's in "the public interest to remove this matter entirely from the Department of Justice." Axios has contacted the DOJ for comment.

Lawyer alleges Giuliani associate recorded Trump comments on Ukrainian ambassador

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The lawyer for Lev Parnas, a Rudy Giuliani associate, claims there is a recording of President Trump saying former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch should be fired, the Daily Beast reports.

The latest: Parnas said on Friday that he has turned the recording over to the House Intelligence Committee, per the New York Times — as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) led House Democrats in laying out the case for impeaching Trump before the Senate.

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House Democrats demand answers on DOJ's "intake process" for Giuliani

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Attorney General Bill Barr confirmed Monday that the Justice Department "established an intake process" for information Rudy Giuliani gathered about the Bidens in Ukraine.

The latest: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to Barr Monday afternoon demanding answers as to why the department is receiving information from Giuliani outside of normal channels, especially in light of reports that he is under investigation by the Southern District of New York.

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