Two Rudy Giuliani Associates Arrested

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Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire.

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  1. Avatar quid_pro_quoth_the_raven
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    https://www.emptywheel.net/2019/10/10/doj-confirms-that-trumps-anti-biden-propagandists-were-in-the-employ-of-a-russian/

    >At and around the same time PARNAS and FRUMAN committed to raising those funds for [Sessions], PARNAS met with [Sessions] and sought [his] assistance in causing the U.S. Government to remove or recall the then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine []. PARNAS’s efforts to remove the Ambassador were conducted, at least in part, at the request of one or more Ukrainian government officials.

    Yes, the ambassador, “that woman”, “who’s going through some things”Report

  2. Avatar Doctor Jay
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    There’s a fascinating story behind how this came to light, which had nothing to do with any government or congressional investigation, but a different swindle, in Hollywood, and the mark, who was bilked of half a million pushed back and did some investigation of his own.Report

  3. Avatar Marchmaine
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    “They were arrested at Dulles Airport on Wednesday while awaiting an international flight with one-way tickets

    I’m not an international financier/criminal… but if I were, I’d pop for the round trip tickets on my get-away flight… just in case.Report

    • Avatar gabriel conroy in reply to Marchmaine
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      That’s always been my thought, too.Report

    • Avatar Doctor Jay in reply to Marchmaine
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      I find myself laughing at this, but then seriously wondering if that’s just not how they manage all their travel, because they can never predict how long they are going to be anywhere, and they maybe don’t want anyone to be able to figure it out in advance.

      It might cost more, but hey, they probably aren’t paying for it.Report

      • Avatar Aaron David in reply to Doctor Jay
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        As soon as you mentioned it, the one-way ticket thing struck me as an “of course they do it like that.” Not even so much criminally, but being former Soviets.Report

      • Avatar J_A in reply to Doctor Jay
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        That’s what refundable tickets are for

        One way tickets are a pain if you are a busy, harried, rich person (or important executive of a rich company). If you check in with a one way ticket, you need to demonstrate, first at the check-in counter, and then again to the immigration officer at your destination, that you are a legal permanent resident of the destination, or at least have right of abode (Europeans within the EU, basically). So you have to show them your exit flight reservations, or a permanent resident card that the counter agent might not be familiar with, or a special passport stamp that he also might not know about.. Plus, at least in USA carriers (both here and in foreign soil) you are flagged for extra screening, the dreaded SSSS mark in your boarding pass, where they will open and check all your luggage, carry on and checked, at the plane gate.

        I’m too rich or too important for all that 🙂

        Rich people buy (expensive) refundable tickets that can be exchanged infinite times without penalty, and, when you are finally away from the Federal authorities, you getReport

        • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to J_A
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          Dang, J_A was nabbed by the Rich/Important Person Cartel right when he was about to tell us what to do once we’re free of the Feds.

          Ave J_A, farewell…Report

          • Avatar J_A in reply to Marchmaine
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            Damn we Rich & Important People have too many contracts to review and cannot properly waste time making smartalecky comments on the internet.

            When you are free of the Feds, you can get the unused portion of your refundable tickets, you know, refundedReport

    • Avatar Mr.Joe` in reply to Marchmaine
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      Two more completely normal reasons to be traveling on one-way tickets:

      I believe that many US Visas do not cover re-entry. I seem to recall an international visiting co-worker saying he could not go to Canada because his visa may not cover re-entry to USA. I don’t know if there would be issues purchasing the ticket without a visa or visa application. I know the rules get quite strict for citizens of certain countries.

      Also, some times a loop trip involves multiple tickets. On one trip through 6 cities in East Asia I was strongly advised to book multiple tickets. There were questions if the booking would even go through on a single ticket. The issue in this case was the trip included both Taiwan and PRC. Similar issues exist for travel including Israel and many countries in that region. In that case the issues are so severe that you can petition the state department to get a second passport so that travel to unfriendly neighbors can be hidden from each other.Report

      • Avatar gabriel conroy in reply to Mr.Joe`
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        Your reasons, and others’, for one-way tickets make sense to me.

        However, I were actually an international criminal who was trying to escape detection, and one of the red flags for “hey, this guy might be trying to escape detection” is the purchase of a one-way ticket, then I might just buy a round trip ticket.Report

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