Parnas Attorney Seeks To Withdraw, Citing Client’s Financial Difficulties

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Lev Parnas arrives at federal court for an arraignment hearing on October 23, 2019 in New York City. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, along with Andrey Kukushkin and David Correia, are associates of Rudy Giuliani who have been arrested for allegedly conspiring to circumvent federal campaign finance laws in schemes to funnel foreign money to U.S. candidates running for office at the federal and state levels. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Lev Parnas arrives at federal court for an arraignment hearing on October 23, 2019 in New York City. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, along with Andrey Kukushkin and David Correia, are associate... NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 23: Lev Parnas arrives at federal court for an arraignment hearing on October 23, 2019 in New York City. Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, along with Andrey Kukushkin and David Correia, are associates of Rudy Giuliani who have been arrested for allegedly conspiring to circumvent federal campaign finance laws in schemes to funnel foreign money to U.S. candidates running for office at the federal and state levels. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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December 26, 2019 10:31 a.m.

An attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas is seeking to drop him as a client, saying that it would be a “significant hardship” for the Boca Raton businessman to keep paying him.

Attorney Edward MacMahon wrote in the Tuesday court filing that he began representing Parnas after his October 2019 indictment and arrest at Washington Dulles airport. But since then, MacMahon wrote, “Mr. Parnas’ apparent ability to fund his defense has diminished.”

“It thus would constitute a significant hardship for Mr. Parnas to continue
being represented by two attorneys in this matter,” the filing reads.

Parnas’ other attorney – New York City-based Joe Bondy – will continue the representation.

“The legal strategy has not changed,” Bondy said in a tweet.

MacMahon’s departure comes days after a contentious dispute in Parnas’ case in which federal prosecutors accused him of misstating his financial assets and lying to his pretrial services officer.

U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken agreed that some of Parnas’ behavior was “concerning,” but kept the Giuliani associate’s existing conditions of home confinement in place.

Parnas faces campaign finance charges emanating from an alleged scheme to funnel foreign and excess contributions into GOP campaign coffers.

The Giuliani associate has publicly split from President Trump since his indictment, and has said that he is providing documents to the House Intelligence Committee in its ongoing impeachment inquiry.

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