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Giuliani may have identified secret friend 'Charles' with accidental text

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/10/2019 Madison Dibble
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Another accidental message sent to a reporter may have revealed the identity of Rudy Giuliani’s unknown friend “Charles.”

In late October, Giuliani, 75, butt-dialed an NBC reporter and left a three-minute voicemail in which he could be overheard talking to another man about a pending fraud case. Giuliani was overheard saying, "You know Charles would have a hard time with a fraud case 'cause he didn't do any due diligence."

The comment was made at the beginning of the recording, and without additional context, it was unclear who Charles was. A report from Salon, however, found that Charles Gucciardo may be the individual Giuliani was referring too.

The Salon reporter was tipped off to Giuliani’s ties to Gucciardo after being sent an accidental text message from Giuliani that included what appeared to be an eight-character password.

The reporter returned Giuliani’s message to notify him that he had accidentally sent the password to the wrong contact. Shortly after, the reporter received a call back from someone named Christianné Allen.

Allen, 20, was a Liberty University communications student hired by Giuliani to handle his messaging. Given that it’s unusual for someone with as much status as Giuliani to hire a 20-year-old to run his communications effort, the reporter tried to figure out how the two may have met.

When digging through Allen’s social media, the reporter found that she had worked for Gucciardo Law, a personal injury firm owned by Gucciardo. Other social media posts revealed that the two had met when Allen was at a high school conference with Gucciardo’s son.

Gucciardo was recently featured in a New York Times report because he gave $500,000 to a company called Fraud Guarantees, which was run by Giuliani’s clients Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. Parnas and Fruman were recently arrested trying to fly to Vienna, a common connection point for flights to Ukraine, for illegal campaign contributions.

When Gucciardo cut the checks to Fraud Guarantees, the company had no prior clients or customers. In his accidental voicemail, Giuliani claimed that “Charles” had a “hard time with a fraud case 'cause he didn't do any due diligence.”

Giuliani’s accidental text that prompted Allen to reach out to the reporter led him to be tied to Gucciardo via his 20-year-old assistant, although the identity of “Charles” has yet to be confirmed.

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