Lanny Davis, a Democratic public relations guru with longstanding ties to the Clintons, has signed a $75,000 month-to-month contract to assist drop a federal case in opposition to a Ukrainian oligarch who faces bribery prices within the U.S.
Dmitry Firtash, one in all Ukraine’s richest males, employed Davis’s agency to assist “correct the public record” concerning the federal case pending in opposition to the oligarch, in keeping with a submitting with the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act unit.
Davis will work with Firtash’s legal professional, Dan Webb, with a view to “prove that the indictment is invalid and should be dropped,” in keeping with a consulting settlement Firtash signed with Davis’s agency, David Goldberg & Galper.
Firtash, who made his fortune within the power business, has been preventing extradition proceedings to keep away from trial within the U.S. on prices that he tried to bribe Indian authorities officers for rights to mine titanium.
Federal prosecutors in Chicago obtained the grand jury indictment in June 2013.
Davis had beforehand labored for Firtash however the two sides lower ties in 2019. Firtash employed Rudy Giuliani, the non-public lawyer for Donald Trump, and Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing, a husband-and-wife authorized crew influential in conservative circles.
While Davis has been an outspoken supporter of President Joe Biden, Firtash was recognized by federal prosecutors as enjoying a job within the Giuliani-led effort to dig up filth on the Biden household’s actions in Ukraine.
Firtash loaned $1 million to a Ukrainian businessman, Lev Parnas, who labored with Giuliani to research the Bidens. Parnas was indicted in October 2019 with illegally funneling marketing campaign contributions to Republican political committees.
He has stated in interviews that Firtash helped with the Biden effort in hopes of creating his authorized troubles disappear.
“For us to be able to receive information from Firtash, we had to promise Firtash something,” Parnas stated in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “So for Firtash, it was basically telling him that we knew his case was worthless here and that he’s being prosecuted for no reason. And that basically, it could get taken care of.”
“I am pleased to rejoin the legal defense team led by Dan Webb of Winston & Strawn to prove that Mr. Firtash is innocent of the charges filed against him by U.S. prosecutors in Chicago,” Davis stated in an announcement.
“I hope that the Chicago federal prosecutors and U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. will re-evaluate the case as I believe it will be determined that there are no facts to support any of the charges against Mr. Firtash.”
Davis turned a distinguished determine through the Trump administration because the lawyer and public relations guru for Michael Cohen, the one-time private legal professional for Donald Trump who cooperated with the particular counsel’s investigation.
By Chuck Ross
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