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28 Apr, 7 tweets, 2 min read
“1 of the warrants for Giuliani’s devices indicated..federal investigators were searching for communications between him & several Ukrainian officials, inc. former pres. Petro Poroshenko, & 2 frmr prosecutors who had helped Giuliani collect info about the Bidens in Ukraine,”
“The investigative actions on Wednesday were expansive, with agents also serving a grand jury subpoena on Giuliani’s executive assistant, two people with knowledge of the matter said.”
FBI agents also executed a search warrant Wed. morning at home of Victoria Toensing, a lawyer close to Giuliani who had dealings with several Ukrainians involved in the hunt for info on the Bidens, acc. to people with knowledge of that warrant. The warrant was for her cellphone.
“Toensing...has also represented Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch under indictment in the United States whose help Giuliani sought.” and whom neither of them registered to represent
“Federal authorities have largely focused on whether Giuliani illegally lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs, who were helping Giuliani’s dirt-digging campaign....
👉🏼”Prosecutors have explored whether Giuliani was working not only for Trump at the time, but also for Ukrainian officials or businesses who wanted the ambassador to be dismissed for their own reasons, acc. to people briefed on the matter.”
“It is a federal crime to try to influence or lobby the United States government at the request or direction of a foreign official without disclosing it to the Justice Department.”

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28 Apr
NYT: Federal investigators executed a search warrant Wed. at the Upper East Side apartment of Rudolph Giuliani, stepping up a criminal investigation into his dealings in Ukraine, 3 people w/ knowledge of matter said.
seized Giuliani’s electronic devices…
“federal authorities have been largely focused on whether Giuliani illegally lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian officials and oligarchs, who at the same time were helping Giuliani search for dirt on Trump’s political rivals.”
“The United States Attorney’s office in Manhattan and the F.B.I. had for months sought to secure a search warrant for Mr. Giuliani’s phones.”
Read 11 tweets
27 Apr
🧵here’s thing. on anything tangentially iran related, the opponents to this US admin are going to try make it politically toxic, 24/7, until the end of eternity. this admin has nothing to do with this zarif tape leak. still, it seems it would behoove it, to push back fast &hard
which, admittedly, since it has no forewarning what this thing is, would require basically having people doing it all the time. anyhow, result of not having that is, the story tonight is essentially kerry denies beating his wife. which is irritating and unfair. and stupid.
and i think the NYT among others had a probably inadvertent role on US side in making that the de facto headline and they should examine why that is.
Read 5 tweets
26 Apr
State's Ned Price says doesn't comment on purported leaked material, doesn't have anything to say about authenticity, accuracy of or motives for leaking of Zarif tapes. But on excerpts that purport to suggest Russia tried to undermine deal, he suggests history does not bear out
You mentioned the talks in the previous iteration,
Iran and Russia. For both of those, the proof point we point to, that gives some degree of confidence, is the JCPOA itself. Whatever the geopolitical dynamic that culminated with july 2015 agreement, we were able to negotiate
successfully with Iran in the past in the context of P5+1. That is precisely the context we are in now
Focus today – in the talks in Vienna -- whether we can do so again.
Read 5 tweets
26 Apr
thread: Senior US admin officials on WH call: As Americans we have felt the devastating impact of rising covid cases in India among our family & friends. US and India have had highest number of covid cases in the world. Remember India’s generosity to US in early days of pandemic
This weekend several US high level calls with Indian officials about best ways we can support India’s fight against covid, including Biden call with Indian PM Modi today, about range of support prepared to deploy immediately.
(caution, if understood this part) Because of scope of situation in India, Most effective and rapid step we could take at scale...was to divert our orders for the raw materials for Astra Zeneca vaccine to the Serum Institute in India. Not just give our extra AZ doses to India.
Read 6 tweets
23 Apr
For Daniel Pipes & “the Middle East Forum, ...bankrolled by..right-wing donors — incl. Nina Rosenwald,... & the Gatestone Institute, which has financial ties to ... Rebekah & Robert Mercer — Tommy Robinson became an anti-Islam cause célèbre.” Now he’s turning to Russia for $$.
Pipes acknowledged to NYT that Robert Shillman, a billionaire Trump supporter & chief exec of Cognex Corp, was a Middle East Forum donor. Another NYT source said Shillman was also a major funder of June 9, 2018 rally where Robinson supporters attacked UK police near Parliament Image
in something of a prelude to the attack by right wing Trump supporters against the Capitol on Jan. 6, in which over 400 people have now been arrested on federal charges.
Read 4 tweets
22 Apr
State spox Price on apparent Russian announcement local staff will no longer be allowed to work at US embassy Moscow: Not received formal notification, heard announcement, consider it quite unfortunate. local staff important to bilateral mission. Even as have profound disagreemts
on Russian DM Shoigu announcement mil exercise over, troops should go back to bases: We have heard the announcement. To the best of our knowledge, it remains an announcement...will be looking for follow through
repeatedly declines to say if US had any advance awareness that announcement was coming. Guess take from way he treated the question that if they had the awareness, it was not because the Russians told them such an announcement was coming.
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