Rudy Giuliani pal Lev Parnas is in such dire financial straits that one of his lawyers has asked to be taken off his case, according to a Christmas Eve court filing.
Edward MacMahon, a Virginia-based lawyer, is one of two attorneys defending Parnas from allegations he violated campaign finance laws while paying politicians and a pro-Trump super PAC.
In a motion filed in Manhattan federal court, MacMahon explained that, since he entered the case in October to represent Parnas at a bail hearing, the Ukraine-born businessman’s funds have dwindled.
“Since I entered my appearance, Mr. Parnas’ apparent ability to fund his defense has diminished,” MacMahon wrote. “It thus would constitute a significant hardship for Mr. Parnas to continue being represented by two attorneys in this matter.”
Parnas has consented to MacMahon leaving the case, the motion states, which would leave New York-based attorney Joseph Bondy as Parnas’ sole defense attorney if a judge MacMahon’s request.
Parnas, who helped Giuliani in Ukraine in his effort to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, is charged in the payoff scheme alongside fellow Giuliani crony Igor Fruman.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
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