Rudy Giuliani slams Fox political specialist for ‘spreading lies’

FILE – In this May 5, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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Fox News found itself in hot water after Rudy Giuliani accused one of the network’s senior specialists of “spreading lies.” On Thursday, Giuliani tweeted, “I challenge Bryan Murphy to a debate on Fox on the lies he is spreading.”

Murphy is a political affairs specialist on the network’s research team. He recently wrote an internal memo titled “Ukraine Disinformation and the Trump Administration,” in which he questioned the credibility of some of the network’s top commentators and contributors. The memo was then leaked to the public, which prompted backlash.

Murphy accused Giuliani of having “high susceptibility to Ukrainian disinformation.” The former mayor responded by saying, “Fox owes us an opportunity to respond to this attack.”

“I can prove what I’m saying, can he?” asked Giuliani.

The memo went on to target network correspondent and investigative journalist John Solomon. Murphy said Solomon “uses unreliable sources, focuses on stories (that are) part of the disinformation campaign and also misrepresents his sources.”

The final two victims, couple Victoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova, are attorneys who frequently guest star on the network as commentators. Murphy argued they have ulterior financial motives related to their non-disclosure agreements.

Giuliani said if he gets the opportunity to debate, he may bring Toensing and DiGenova to support him. He added, “All facts are backed up by witnesses, documents and tapes.”

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Rudy Giuliani raises eyebrows after calling himself ‘Former Attorney General of the United States’ on Facebook page

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had critics scratching their heads on Tuesday after publicizing his Facebook page, where he referred to himself as a "Former Attorney General of the United States."

Giuliani, who has made headlines in recent months over his involvement with the Ukraine scandal as President Trump's personal attorney, plugged his Facebook page on Tuesday and teased users about findings from his "investigation."

"Connect with me on my Facebook Page. More to come on my investigation, soon!" Giuliani tweeted with a link to the page, which was created in October.

In addition to the erroneous listing, Giuliani is also described as a "government official" despite his current role as the president's personal lawyer.

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Giuliani's LinkedIn page correctly states that he was a U.S. Associate Attorney General between February 1981 and June 1983 under former President Ronald Reagan. He then spent five-and-a-half years as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, leaving that position on New Year's Day, 1989.


Giuliani made headlines earlier this month when he traveled to Ukraine in the hope of gathering evidence against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden over their ties to natural gas company Burisma Holdings.

In a recent interview, Giuliani admitted to playing a key role in the ousting of ex-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, insisting she was "corrupt."

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas tried hiding $1M Russia payment, prosecutors allege

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U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday accused Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas of receiving and trying to hide a $1 million payment from Russia just one month before he was charged with campaign finance violations.

Prosecutors are now asking a judge to jail Parnas for underreporting his assets, according to Bloomberg.

“Parnas failed to disclose, in describing his income to the government and pretrial services, the fact that in September 2019, he received $1 million from a bank account in Russia into Account-1,” the court filing stated.

The court filing reportedly gave little explanation as to where the $1 million came from or what it was intended for. Prosecutors claim the money was deposited into an account overseen by Parnas' wife, Svetlana, in an attempt to shield it from suspicion.

Parnas was arrested in October with his associate Igor Fruman as they attempted to board a one-way international flight out of Dulles Aiport near Washington, D.C. He was then charged less than 24 hours later with violating a ban on foreign donations and contributions in connection with federal and state elections.


In November, Parnas' lawyer Josephy Bondy said his client would be willing to cooperate with the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, despite denying previous House committee requests for specific documents.

“He will answer the subpoena to the best of his ability,” Bondy said. "Parnas was deeply disturbed to learn in jail while awaiting bail that the president was disavowing and claiming not to know him."

Parnas and Fruman pleaded not guilty to the campaign finance charges connected to political donations to a pro-Trump super PAC. They are accused of using the company Global Energy Producers (GEP) to funnel money into American elections.


Federal Election Commission (FEC) records show GEP made $325,000 in donations to the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action in May 2018.

Fox News' Marta Dhanis and Louis Casiano contributed to this report

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