* Paul Sonne, Rosalind S. Helderman, and Natalie Gryvnyak report on the mysterious Igor Fruman, goon #2 in Rudy’s squad:
Lev Parnas, Rudolph W. Giuliani’s trusted fixer in the Ukraine saga, has dominated the airways on the eve of President Trump’s impeachment trial, turning over eye-popping text messages to House lawmakers and pointing the finger at the president in prime-time cable interviews.Meanwhile, his onetime sidekick and fellow Giuliani associate, Igor Fruman, is nowhere to be seen.Holed up under house arrest in Miami and facing federal campaign finance charges, Fruman has split with Parnas, retained counsel from Trump’s world and stayed true to his reputation as the quiet partner in the Soviet-born duo who stumbled into a presidential impeachment scandal. Unlike Parnas, whose approach is scorched earth, Fruman isn’t saying a word.
Maybe one of the oligarchs has let him know that there’s a bank account waiting for him if he keeps his mouth shut.
* Lena H. Sun and Lenny Bernstein have just the non-impeachment news you were waiting for:
A Washington state man has been diagnosed with the mysterious virus that broke out last month in China, becoming the first confirmed case in the United States of an illness that has killed at least six people and sickened hundreds more, according to U.S. officials.The man, in his 30s, is in stable condition at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. Officials said they are monitoring him there out of an abundance of caution, not because he is seriously ill. The man arrived in the United States last week, before federal health officials began screening travelers from the central Chinese city of Wuhan at Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York’s John F. Kennedy international airports, the first such effort since the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
There’s no need to panic. Yet.
* Patty Judge and Aaron Belkin open up a new front on the Supreme Court, arguing that it has repeatedly undermined the well-being of rural communities.
* Nancy Scola and Cristiano Lima profile David Cicilline, the congressman who’s taking on Silicon Valley.