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Ukrainian gas executive says indicted Giuliani associates tried to recruit him for company takeover

Ukrainian gas executive says indicted Giuliani associates tried to recruit him for company takeover
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An executive with Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company said two recently indicted associates of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani endorses Republican Curtis Sliwa for NYC mayor The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats' agenda in limbo as Senate returns CNN obtains audio of 2019 Giuliani call linked to Ukraine meddling allegations MORE attempted to recruit him to take control of the firm from its CEO, who they said was part of a plot to undermine President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE along with then-U.S. Ambassador Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchGiuliani hires attorneys who defended Harvey Weinstein The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Former Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report MORE, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Andrew Favorov, head of natural gas for Naftogaz, said Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman told him they wanted him to be “our guy” in opposition to a “cartel” run by liberal philanthropist George Soros, the Journal reported Sunday night.

Favorov said he met with federal prosecutors in New York this week as part of their investigation into Fruman, Parnas and Giuliani, who is Trump's personal attorney. He said that after the meeting, he informed CEO Andriy Kobolyev and told the two men he couldn’t participate.

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Favorov told the newspaper the meeting took place in March in Houston at an energy conference, where the two men showed him pictures of them with Trump and Giuliani and presented themselves as influential with regard to the president.

Fruman’s and Giuliani’s attorneys declined to comment to the Journal, while Parnas’s lawyer, Ed McMahon, called the story “completely false.” None of the attorneys immediately responded to requests for comment from The Hill.

Trump has insisted he doesn’t know Fruman or Parnas, despite multiple pictures posted on social media by Parnas with the president.

In both her closed-door and public testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, former National Security Council official Fiona Hill blasted conspiracy theories about Yovanovitch and Soros, comparing them to the infamous anti-Semitic Russian forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

Robert Costello, an attorney for Giuliani, told The Hill the meeting had no connection to his client.