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'I'm the best-paid interpreter in the world': Indicted Giuliani associate Lev #Parnas touted windfall from Ukrainian oligarch [Dmitry Firstash, on the run from U.S. authorities]"
"Earlier this yr, Lev Parnas...received a sudden windfall of money from a prominent Ukrainian oligarch who is fighting extradition to the United States and is suspected of having ties to the Russian mob, according to four sources who spoke with Parnas."
"This summer, Parnas told potential business associates that his company began receiving payments from the oligarch, Dmytro Firtash, who is living in Austria while fighting bribery charges in the US..."
"Parnas also told these people he met w/Firtash several times over the summer while in Vienna. In June, according to one of these sources, Parnas vouched to Firtash for two well-known DC lawyers who later brought up Firtash's plight in a face-to-face meeting w/AG William Barr."
"These new details appear to reveal a much more substantial relationship than previously known between Parnas and Firtash, and how Firtash's years-long extradition battle suddenly collided with Giuliani's push to dig up dirt on President Donald Trump's political opponents."
"In priv convos w/would-be biz assocs...Parnas boasted that his newfound luxe lifestyle was bankrolled by FIRTASH. Beginning in mid-Aug, this included around-the-clock bodyguards, two luxury SUVs for his entourage, and at least six priv charter flights in the past several months"
"Giuliani was on at least one of those flights, according to the documents.

Parnas now has private security guards outside of his home in Florida, according to a source familiar with the matter."
"Firtash's lawyers have downplayed the relationship between their client and Parnas. In statements, they describe Parnas as merely an interpreter hired to communicate with Firtash, who does not speak English."

"Mr. Firtash met Mr. Parnas for the first time in 6/19. Mr. Firtash had no business relationship w/Mr. Parnas or Mr. Fruman," according to a statement from the law firm of diGenova & Toensing, which reps Firtash....
"...Mr. Parnas was retained as a translator by the law firm of diGenova & Toensing. No money has been paid to Mr. Parnas by Mr. Firtash beyond his work as a translator for the law firm."
"But two sources who spoke with Parnas tell CNN that he talked about how he was cultivating Firtash for his own business interests. "I'm the best-paid interpreter in the world," Parnas joked to the sources who spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity."
"Firtash's legal team is still fighting his 2013 indictment on BRIBERY and RACKETEERING charges in Chicago. A spokesperson for Firtash's company, Group DF, declined to comment when reached by CNN."
"Firtash made his fortune selling Russian gas to the Ukrainian gov't, and the Justice Dept previously described him as an "upper-echelon" associate linked to RU organized crime."

Company A, above-their guy is our Def Secty. Niki Haley sits on their board. Normalization of crime.
(Should have said, he *was* our Def Secty - til the personal scandal spilled out:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_M… )
Moving on...

"Parnas & Fruman, along w/two of their business assocs, are accused of violating campaign finance laws by funneling money from foreign donors into US political campaigns, including Trump's flagship super PAC."

The PAC Kim Guilfoyle is chairwoman of, LOL.
"This summer Firtash shook up his legal team, which had been led by Lanny Davis, the well-known DC lawyer who was special counsel for President Bill Clinton, and represented Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen."
"Parnas played a pivotal role in Firtash's decision to replace Davis w/diGenova & Toensing...

Parnas vouched for them directly to Firtash at a mtg in Vienna in June, specifically touting their personal ties to Giuliani, a source close to the lawyers told CNN"

Who's leaking? lol
"The husband and wife legal duo are well-known Republicans, frequent defenders of Trump on cable news and nearly joined Trump's legal team last year. DIGENOVA SAYS HE'S KNOWN BARR FOR *30 YEARS* — connections that could prove valuable in Firtash's ongoing extradition fight."
"Firtash was arrested in 2014 and the Austrian Supreme Court finally approved his extradition in June, though some legal obstacles still remain while he seeks to overturn the ruling."
"A source with knowledge of the meeting told CNN that Parnas was the middleman who, a month after the Vienna meeting, formally met with Firtash's legal team as well as diGenova and Toensing back in the US."
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