Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large
Updated 4:46 PM ET, Thu October 10, 2019
(CNN) On Wednesday, two Ukrainian men — Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman — were arrested at Dulles International Airport as they tried to board an international flight. Earlier that day, the two, according to The Wall Street Journal, had lunch with Rudy Giuliani.
Yes, the same Rudy Giuliani who is President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and preferred television surrogate. And the same Parnas and Fruman who had been helping Giuliani look into debunked allegations regarding the actions of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, in Ukraine.
Now, it’s important to note that the felony campaign finance allegations that led to the arrest of Parnas and Fruman have no tie to Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine. (The two men did make several hundred thousand dollars of donations to the Trump-aligned America First super PAC and, again, according to the Journal, they met with Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., this past spring.)
But even so! In Giuliani we are talking about about one of the most high-profile figures in the Trump orbit — and one supposedly dealing with the President’s legal well-being. When two dudes who you have been working closely with to dig up dirt against a potential 2020 rival from a foreign country — and with whom you just had lunch! — get arrested on their way out of the country, it doesn’t er, look good.