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Thu Dec 26, 2019, 09:58 PM

Lawyer for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas asks to withdraw, cites ebbing defense funds

Source: USAToday

NEW YORK – An attorney for indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas asked to withdraw from the defendant's campaign finance conspiracy case.

Defense lawyer Edward MacMahon filed a withdrawal request on Christmas Eve in Manhattan federal court that said Parnas' "apparent ability to fund his defense has diminished."

"It thus would constitute a significant hardship for Mr. Parnas to continue being represented by two attorneys in this matter," MacMahon wrote.

New York City defense lawyer Joseph Bondy will continue to represent Parnas in the case if U.S. District Court Judge Paul Oetken approves the withdrawal request. Similar motions are routinely granted.

Parnas and his associate Igor Fruman were indicted in October on charges they conspired to surreptitiously funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars in foreign money to U.S. political candidates and campaign committees. Evidence in the case includes $325,000 allegedly contributed under a false donor name to a super political action committee for Donald Trump, whose personal attorney is Giuliani.



Read more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/12/26/lawyer-for-rudy-giuliani-ally-lev-parnas-asks-to-withdraw/2748346001/



Smart lawyers like to get paid up front, so Lev — and Rudy and Igor, too — may be in need of more cash real soon. A lot more cash.

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Kid Berwyn Dec 2019 OP
brewens Dec 2019 #1
Kid Berwyn Dec 2019 #2
cstanleytech Dec 2019 #3
B Stieg Dec 2019 #4
gab13by13 Dec 2019 #5
Kid Berwyn Dec 2019 #6
NotHardly Dec 2019 #7

Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 10:02 PM

1. I was wondering if Barr would just shut down that investigation and order Parnas and Fruman

released. It could be he wouldn't go that far even if Trump told him to. I think that would stink just as bad as anything they are getting from Parnas.

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Response to brewens (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 10:12 PM

2. The SDNY office may have a case that can't be easily dismissed.

Or, Barr is waiting for the right time to pull the plug.

We got to make sure that time never arrives.

Toward that goal, an excellent backgrounder from Frank Snepp on the guy:



Bill Barr: The “Cover-Up General”

"At the center of the criticism is the chief artic­ulator of Bush's imperial presidency," we reported in 1992, "the man who wrote the legal rationale for the Gulf War, the Panama invasion, and the officially sanctioned kidnapping of foreign nationals abroad"


by FRANK SNEPP
The Village Voice, APRIL 18, 2019

Snip...

For the next two years, as chief of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Coun­sel, Barr played a key role in shaping Rich­ard Thornburgh’s stormy tenure as attorney general. In a job that was essentially politi­cal, he helped maintain the administra­tion’s ideological purity by screening out judicial candidates who weren’t conserva­tive enough. He also drafted two key docu­ments rationalizing the U.S. invasion of Panama and the seizure of General Manuel Noriega.

Snip...

In mid 1990, as Thornburgh’s own prob­lems with Congress deepened, Barr was tapped to run interference, and was named deputy attorney general. The appointment came just in time for him to draft another landmark tract for the administration, the legal pretext for the undeclared war against Iraq. It would have made any Nixonite proud. Explaining it later to Congress, Barr said he believed there was a “gray zone” between a declared offensive war and an emergency defensive action where “there is latitude for the president, if he believes that the vital interests of the United States are threatened by foreign military attack, there is room for him to respond.”

Barr did not make clear how the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait equaled an attack on vital American interests, but to his credit, at the moment of decision itself, he did counsel the president to soften the impact of his unilateral rush to war by seeking a declaration of congressional support. That piece of advice, much akin to Johnson’s leveraging of the Tonkin Gulf resolution, helped to keep the naysayers at bay.

Barr’s service to the administration, how­ever, wasn’t limited simply to such flashes of political savvy. In 1991 he became active in stone-walling the Iraqgate and the BCCI investigations and further gratified conser­vatives by keeping up the tattoo on their favorite hot-button issues. Embracing im­migration policy as his own, he helped craft an exception rule that automatically barred HIV-positive sufferers from entering the country. Civil libertarians charged illegal discrimination and even racism, since many of those excluded were black Hai­tians. Barr assured Congress that the policy was meant only to keep out people who might be thrown back on public welfare.

Flogging another conservative hobby­horse, Barr fought hard as deputy AG to keep federal courts from expanding their right to review state criminal convictions on writs of habeas corpus. As a devout Catholic, he also pandered to the antiabor­tion crowd, even “torquing” the law in Au­gust 1991 to advance their crusade. The challenge came when a federal judge in Wichita issued an order barring anti-abor­tion demonstrators from blocking access to a clinic. The Justice Department inter­vened to try to force a lifting of the ban. Later asked about this by Congress, Barr gave an exquisitely technical rationale, as­serting that though the demonstrators were “lawbreakers . . . treading on other people’s rights,” they “should be dealt with” in state court, not federal court — thus the federal judge’s order was unenforceable.

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https://www.villagevoice.com/2019/04/18/attorney-general-william-barr-is-the-best-reason-to-vote-for-clinton/



Then, there’s the time Barr’s dad hired an unqualified Jeffrey Epstein to teach at a New York prep school...

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Response to brewens (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 10:53 PM

3. I wouldnt be surprised. Hell I wouldnt be surprised if Trump signs an executive order dissolving

the Senate and House even though that is not a power the President even possesses.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 11:07 PM

4. Oh, Vladdie!

or Dmytry or Roman or Oleg or Ihor, WE need more CASH!

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Response to B Stieg (Reply #4)

Thu Dec 26, 2019, 11:15 PM

5. Firtash is the money man.

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Response to B Stieg (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 12:04 AM

6. The old Deutsche Bank to Cyprus to London to Caymans to Switzerland...

...to Diaper Donnie Anus Orange play.



Cyprus is at the center of a circle of corruption surrounding Trump

The cast of characters linked to the Bank of Cyprus and President Donald Trump is troubling.


By Ruth May
The Dallas Morning News, Dec 15, 2017

The country of Cyprus has a long history as a laundromat for dirty money, particularly from Russia. Cyprus is referenced 530,937 times in the Panama Papers, and the Bank of Cyprus, the country's largest bank, is referenced 4,657 times. And the cast of characters linked to the bank and President Donald Trump is troubling.

-When Oleg Deripaska, the founder of Russian aluminum company Rusal, began paying Paul Manafort $10 million a year in 2006 to act as a secret emissary for Russian President Vladimir Putin with Western governments, he paid Manafort through the Bank of Cyprus. Records handed over to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team show that Manafort and his partner, Rick Gates, had at least 15 accounts at the Bank of Cyprus and a bank that it took over in 2013, Cyprus Popular Bank, according to the National Herald. Mueller's 12-count indictment against Manafort and Gates charged the two men with money laundering and conspiracy against the United States.

-Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross led a group of U.S. and European investors to purchase a $1.3 billion stake in Bank of Cyprus in July 2014 when the bank was on the verge of failing. This investment bought Ross the largest ownership share in the bank, 17 percent, and the vice chairmanship. Ross was co-chair of the bank from 2014 until early 2017 when he relinquished his position to join Trump's cabinet. Ross's first co-chair was Putin appointee Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, a former KGB agent and long-time associate of Putin. In 2015, Strzhalkovsky was replaced by Maksim Goldman, is director of strategic projects at Viktor Vekselberg's Renova Group and sits on the board of Rusal.

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https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2017/12/15/cyprus-is-at-the-center-of-a-circle-of-corruption-surrounding-trump/



Guns Oil ‘n’ Putin make the Mob go ‘round.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri Dec 27, 2019, 05:13 AM

7. And, here we have it. Defense of advocacy & trials cost millions & poverty is it's own prison...

I'm saying that because, should anyone of us ever have been accused of any offense at this or a lesser level, we would have never even have been able to have this discussion of whether bail is too high, or lawyers to defend you are too expensive. Just because all of it is true.

Hell, that little man has been boosted for and by and supported by the KGB (I know, they call themselves the SweetHearts or some such now, because Vlad likes politically correct shite).

I have heard of instances in which Judges have received these requests and denied them on a variety of grounds. Moreover, this likely is a set up with him 'pretending' to have little resources, so he can skip town when they take 'pity' on him. His attorney was a smuck, is a smuck, and just pandering... I long for the justice given to the mighty to be like that served on the weak. But, I dream.

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