Fruman and Parnas were booked on a flight to Frankfurt, Germany, to connect to another flight, according to a law enforcement source. Giuliani told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday
the men were heading to Vienna and that he wasn’t scheduled to meet the two until they returned to Washington — meaning, by Giuliani’s account, the three of them would’ve been in the same city at the same time but would not be seeing one another.
The Atlantic reported that Giuliani said he “can’t comment on it at this time” about the circumstances of his planned trip after multiple attempts to contact him Thursday.
Giuliani had lunch with Fruman and Parnas at the Trump International Hotel in Washington hours before the two were arrested, the Journal reported. Giuliani declined to comment to CNN on the report.
News of Giuliani’s planned travel to Vienna comes amid escalating scrutiny of the former New York City mayor after a whistleblower complaint released last month
labeled him as a central figure in Trump’s efforts “to solicit interference” from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the upcoming 2020 election.
A transcript of July phone conversation
released by the White House on Wednesday shows Trump repeatedly pushed Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden.
US officials were concerned, the whistleblower said, with Giuliani and his contacts with Ukrainian officials. The whistleblower alleges that US officials believed Giuliani was a conduit for messages between the President and officials in Kyiv and that he was at the helm of a problematic “circumvention of national security decision making processes.”
Speaking to CNN last month, Giuliani said he has “no knowledge of any of that crap” in the complaint.