The Washington Post published an article today in which it claims that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, lobbied the United States Department of Justice on behalf of Alejandro Betancourt Lopez, an executive with the state-owned PDVSA oil company.
According to The Washington Post, Giuliani met Betancourt in Madrid earlier this year, and that the meeting had gone undisclosed until September. According to The Hill:
While Giuliani’s representation of Betancourt was not previously disclosed, a former National Security Council official told the House in a closed-door deposition that she had been told Parnas and Fruman had ties to lobbying in Venezuela.
“I was told that by the directors working on the Western Hemisphere. I didn’t have a chance to look into this in any way,” she said, according to a transcript. “I was told that the same individuals who had been indicted had been interested at different points in energy investments in Venezuela and that this was quite well-known.”
Guiliani is Trump’s personal lawyer, and is embroiled in the impeachment scandal currently rocking the White House.
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