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Rudy Giuliani’s

longtime business partner and friend, John Huvane, resigned from their security company in recent weeks, according to several people familiar with the move, which Mr. Giuliani confirmed.

Mr. Huvane’s departure from Giuliani Safety & Security comes as Mr. Giuliani faces scrutiny for probing Democratic former Vice President

Joe Biden’s

son’s work in Ukraine and his association with two men indicted this week on campaign-finance charges. Mr. Giuliani was working with those men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, on the Ukraine matter.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Mr. Huvane left his longtime business partner, but Mr. Giuliani said it “has absolutely nothing to do with any of this. It has no relevance to anybody.”

He said Mr. Huvane was a good friend and declined to say why he left. Mr. Huvane didn’t respond to a request for comment. A message left with Giuliani Safety & Security wasn’t returned.

Several close associates of Mr. Giuliani said they have been distressed by his relationship with Messrs. Parnas and Fruman. The three were together at the Trump International Hotel in Washington hours before Messrs. Fruman and Parnas were arrested at Dulles International Airport in Virginia late Wednesday.

Mr. Huvane, who spent 20 years in the New York City Police Department, served on Mr. Giuliani’s security detail while Mr. Giuliani was New York mayor and was with him during and shortly following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

After retiring from the department, he ran security for Mr. Giuliani’s consulting company, Giuliani Partners, and for the former mayor’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Mr. Huvane had been chief executive of Giuliani Safety & Security since at least 2014, helping the company grow with his connections to law enforcement abroad. The company’s services include training law-enforcement agencies to apply a statistics-driven approach to policing, threat assessments and emergency management.

The company’s website describes Mr. Huvane as Mr. Giuliani’s “right-hand man” and says he traveled to all 50 states and took more than 280 international trips in 56 countries in his work for Giuliani Security & Safety.

Mr. Giuliani’s foreign business, much of it through Giuliani Safety & Security, complicated his bid to become President Trump’s secretary of state. In recent years, the company has courted contracts in Latin American, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, including Ukraine.

In 2017, Mr. Huvane provided consulting on emergency services to Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, according to a company news release. Mr. Giuliani advised the mayor of the city.

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