U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi that Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine who he helped oust, is "controlled" by George Soros. In an off the rails interview published Monday, Giuliani promoted a conspiracy that has circulated in the American right, including on Fox Business Channel that Soros controls U.S. diplomats.
Giuliani also claimed to be more Jewish than Soros, who is a Holocaust survivor.
“Don’t tell me I’m anti-Semitic if I oppose him. Soros is hardly a Jew. I’m more of a Jew than Soros is. I probably know more about — he doesn’t go to church, he doesn’t go to religion — synagogue. He doesn’t belong to a synagogue, he doesn’t support Israel, he’s an enemy of Israel. He’s elected eight anarchist DA’s in the United States. He’s a horrible human being.”
U.S. prosecutors said in court on Tuesday that Lev Parnas, an associate of Giuliani, received a $1 million payment from a lawyer for Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash.