Giuliani planned to fly to Vienna a day after arrested associates: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Overnight Energy: Trump taps deputy energy secretary to replace Perry | Praises pick Dan Brouillette as 'total professional' | Perry denies quid pro quo over Ukraine Ex-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump MORE reportedly planned to fly to Vienna, Austria, a day after his now-arrested associates attempted to travel to the city.

The Atlantic reported that it was unclear why Giuliani was traveling to Vienna, but that he had said he couldn't meet with one of the magazine's reporters on Thursday evening due to his expected travel.

Multiple news outlets reported that the Giuliani associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were carrying one-way tickets to Vienna when they were arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Wednesday night.


Giuliani told The Wall Street Journal that Parnas and Fruman were going to Vienna for business-related reasons but declined to elaborate. He said he planned to meet with them when they returned to Washington, the newspaper reported.

The Atlantic reported that when it contacted Giuliani to ask about his planned visit to Vienna on Thursday, a woman who said she was the former New York City mayor's communications director told the magazine that she would get back to the reporter on the matter. 

Giuliani reportedly later texted, saying, “I can’t comment on it at this time.”

Parnas and Fruman were arrested Wednesday and were accused of violating campaign finance laws in order to give money to Republican committees including a $325,000 contribution in 2018 to a pro-Trump super PAC called America First Action.

Parnas and Fruman have also helped Giuliani with efforts to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenCNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview Yang cautions Democrats: Impeachment might not be 'successful' Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment MORE, although the charges appear to be unrelated to Giuliani's work in Ukraine.

The Journal reported that the two Giuliani associates had lunch with him at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, hours before they were taken into custody.