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Politics Trump distances himself from indicted Giuliani associates

00:35  11 october  2019
00:35  11 october  2019 Source:   thehill.com

McCarthy will return money donated by indicted associates of Giuliani

  McCarthy will return money donated by indicted associates of Giuliani Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will reportedly return campaign donations from two known associates of Rudy Giuliani who were arrested Thursday for violating campaign finance laws, Vice reports.The House minority leader and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) both received considerable donations from Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, a pair of Ukrainian-American businessmen.Parnas and Fruman were reportedly helping Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, put pressure on Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

WASHINGTON — House investigators issued subpoenas on Thursday to compel two associates of Rudolph W. Giuliani to sit for depositions in the impeachment inquiry, just hours after the men were indicted on campaign finance charges that touched on their work in Ukraine.

Associates of President Trump 's lawyer Rudy Giuliani , Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman were arrested Giuliani ’s investigation was itself aided by Parnas and Fruman. During the Trump -Zelensky call The same day the letter was sent, Parnas posted a now-deleted photo of himself with Sessions.

President Trump says that he doesn't know the two business associates of his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who were arrested on campaign finance charges but acknowledged he may have been photographed with them at some point.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Trump distances himself from indicted Giuliani associates© Getty Images Trump distances himself from indicted Giuliani associates

"I don't know those gentleman. Now it's possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody," Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Thursday afternoon.

"I don't know, maybe they were clients of Rudy's. You'd have to ask Rudy," he continued.

A photograph of Trump smiling with Giuliani and the businessmen, Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, has been published by various news sites.

Trump defends Giuliani in tweet after report on federal probe

  Trump defends Giuliani in tweet after report on federal probe President Donald Trump defended his attorney Rudy Giuliani on Saturday as a "legendary 'crime buster'" and "wonderful lawyer."

Washington — President Donald Trump moved quickly Monday to distance himself and the White House from the indictment of his former campaign chairman and another aide, saying Paul Manafort’s alleged misdeeds occurred “years ago” and insisting there was no collusion between the Trump

President Donald Trump moved quickly Monday to distance himself and the White House from the indictment of his former campaign chairman and another aide, saying Paul Manafort’s alleged misdeeds occurred “years ago” and insisting there was no collusion between the Trump campaign

Fruman and Parnas were arrested late Wednesday on charges that they conspired to illegally funnel foreign money to U.S. politicians in order to buy political influence.

The indictment unsealed by federal prosecutors in Manhattan alleges that they and two other defendants "conspired to circumvent the federal laws against foreign influence by engaging in a scheme to funnel foreign money to candidates for federal and state office so that the defendants could buy potential influence with the candidates, campaigns, and the candidates' governments."

Fruman and Parnas are business associates of Giuliani who reportedly worked with him to press Ukraine to investigate unsubstantiated allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden and 2016 election interference.

Rudy Giuliani says he's unaware he's under investigation for Ukraine involvement

  Rudy Giuliani says he's unaware he's under investigation for Ukraine involvement President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Saturday that he's not aware he's under investigation for his involvement with the unraveling Ukraine scandal, calling it a "political attack."When asked if he was, Giulani told CNN: "No, nothing but leaks, which has to tell you whether they are or are not investigating, it's a political attack.

President Trump weighed in on Twitter after his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, associate Rick Gates, and foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump sought to distance himself from former campaign chairman Paul Manafort Monday after special Trump was responding to the news that Manafort, along with longtime business associate Rick Gates, was indicted by a federal grand jury on 12

The indictment unsealed Thursday does not name Giuliani nor does it claim he knew of or was involved in the alleged scheme. But the developments have increased scrutiny on Trump's personal attorney and the connections between the president's inner circle and the two businessmen.

Photographs of Frumas and Parnas with Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, have also circulated on social media.

Frumas and Parnas, who donated to a political action committee that supported Trump, were arrested at Dulles International Airport Wednesday before boarding an international flight with one-way tickets. They made an initial appearance in court Thursday afternoon in Virginia.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said during a news conference Thursday that their investigation is ongoing.

The Latest: 2 plead not guilty in Giuliani-associate probe .
Two businessmen have pleaded not guilty to conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions. David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin made a federal court appearance Thursday afternoon in Manhattan. They are among four men charged with using straw donors to make illegal contributions to politicians they thought could help their political and business interests.© Provided by The Associated Press David Correia arrives at federal court, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in New York.

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