Giuliani Ukraine associates arrested, California wildfires, & a new Nobel Peace Prize winner: The Morning Rundown
More than 2 million people in California are struggling to cope with PG&E power cuts across wide swaths of the state to prevent wildfires.
Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki, right, receives a key from Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during a ceremony marking the reopening of the Eritrean Embassy in Addis Ababa in July 2018. Ahmed was the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on peace and reconciliation with neighbor Eritrea.Tiksa Negeri / Reuters file
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We're learning more about what two associates of Rudy Giuliani arrested on campaign finance charges have been up to, Californians are waging a two-pronged fight against wildfires and rolling blackouts, and we have a new Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Federal prosecutors said the men, Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, were part of a conspiracy to funnel foreign money into U.S. elections.
Over the last year, the Florida businessmen had been helping the president's personal lawyer in his efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family in Ukraine.
Parnas and Fruman were also trying to make money by drumming up a deal to sell liquified natural gas to Ukraine’s big state energy company, simultaneously pushing for the removal of a Ukrainian gas executive hailed for his anti-corruption efforts, two sources told NBC News.
The indictment also details a push by Parnas and Fruman to oust then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, whom Trump recalled from her post earlier this year.
Yovanovitch is expected to meet in a closed session with members of the House Intelligence Committee Friday.
In related news, P. Michael McKinley, a career diplomat who had been serving as a senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, resigned.