Rudy Giuliani and his associates are facing new scrutiny around their actions in Ukraine as investigators are now speaking with executives at Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company. It seems U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch wasn’t the only anticorruption advocate in Ukraine that Giuliani, Lev Parnas, and Igor Fruman wanted out of the way. They were also seeking to oust Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev.
CNN has the damning details:
An American energy consultant who operates in Ukraine, Dale Perry, described the efforts to oust Naftogaz's CEO, Andriy Kobolyev, who is known for his anti-corruption reforms at the company. At an energy conference in Houston last April, Parnas and Fruman asked a senior Naftogaz executive Andrew Favorov if he would go along with their plan to oust the company's current CEO and become its head, according to Perry, who is Favorov's former business partner.
"(Parnas and Fruman) basically just flat out said to him, hey, to do the deals we want to do, we were not able to get through to your CEO, and we think that the business needs a new CEO," Perry told CNN.
Isn’t it strange that Giuliani and his men were putting all their energy into getting these anticorruption folks out of the way in Ukraine? Dale Perry also told CNN that Parnas and Fruman were bragging about getting Ambassador Yovanovitch removed from her position, with the blessing of the “highest levels of US government.”
Perry also mentioned the ties between Giuliani’s gang and Russian oligarch Dmytro Firtash, who is currently wanted on bribery and racketeering charges in the U.S.
Perry believes Parnas and Fruman, who have no prior experience in the gas business, may have had assistance from indicted [Ukrainian] oligarch Dmitri Firtash, who made his fortune being the intermediary between Naftogaz and Gazprom, Russia's state-owned energy corporation. The two men mentioned Firtash in their meeting with Favorov, according to Perry, saying Firtash believed Naftogaz owed him money.
Paraphrasing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, all roads lead to Russia with this crew, specifically the Russian mob, of which Firtash is reportedly a senior member. Firtash’s fingerprints appear to be all over this scandal, as are Victoria Toensing’s and Joe diGenova’s. Both D.C.-based lawyers, Toensing and diGenova are a married couple who represent a key cast of characters in this corruption scandal.
Here’s how these Fox News regulars, who have made around 100 appearances this year alone on the network to push their paid agenda, have been involved:
All of these people working overtime, to what end? In the words of Deep Throat in All the President’s Men, “Follow the money.” Always follow the money.