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Politics Rudy Giuliani associates Parnas and Fruman face arraignment in campaign finance conspiracy case

16:15  23 october  2019
16:15  23 october  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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a man smiling for the camera: These images provided by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office show booking mugshots of Igor Fruman (left) and Lev Parnas, associates of Rudy Giuliani who were arrested on an indictment that includes charges of violating campaign finance laws. The men had key roles in Giuliani's efforts to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. (Photo: AP) © Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc.

These images provided by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office show booking mugshots of Igor Fruman (left) and Lev Parnas, associates of Rudy Giuliani who were arrested on an indictment that includes charges of violating campaign finance laws. The men had key roles in Giuliani's efforts to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. (Photo: AP)

NEW YORK —  Two businessmen who posed for photos with President Donald Trump and helped his lawyer Rudy Giuliani seek dirt on a political rival will be arraigned Wednesday on campaign finance charges.

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Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman , who routed a large donation to a pro-Trump super PAC, are accused of taking part in a scheme to funnel foreign money to candidates for federal and state Two business associates of Trump’s personal attorney Giuliani have been arrested on campaign finance charges.

Lev Parnas, 46, a U.S. citizen born in Ukraine, and Igor Fruman, 53, a U.S. citizen born in Belarus, are set for arraignment in Manhattan federal court before U.S. District Court Judge Paul Oetken.

The arraignment follows delays in posting security for their $1 million bonds, which will allow them to remain free while the court case against them continues.

A criminal indictment unsealed on Oct. 10 alleges that Parnas and Fruman schemed to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions from foreign donors to U.S. government officials and political action committees.

The contributions, some disguised through so-called straw donors, were aimed at boosting the campaigns of Trump-supporting candidates and political action committees, advancing the interests of a Ukrainian government official and funding a planned cannabis retail business in the U.S., the indictment alleged.

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USA TODAY reported last week that federal counterintelligence investigators have been looking into Giuliani's business dealings with Parnas and Fruman since at least early 2019. Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor as well as a former New York City mayor, said he was unaware of any investigation.  

The indictment of the two men drew the attention of presidential impeachment inquiries in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, which issued subpoenas to both men hours after their arrests this month.

Their business associates and co-defendants, David Correia, 44, and Andrey Kukushkin, 46, pleaded not guilty last week to charges involving political contributions related to a cannabis business, which never materialized. Correia is free on $250,000 bail. Kukushkin is subject to home detention and 24-hour GPS monitoring after posting security for a $1 million bond.

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Parnas and his partner Igor Fruman were working with the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani , to promote a story that it was Democrats and not Republicans who Lev Parnas arrives for his arraignment in the Southern District of New York on campaign finance violations, on Oct. 23, 2019.

Lev Parnas , a Ukrainian-American businessman and an associate of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W They each face four criminal charges related to violations of campaign - finance law. Prosecutors also have linked Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman to an attempt to recall the United States ambassador to It is illegal for foreigners to donate to political campaigns in the United States.

A Parnas-Fruman company, Global Energy Producers, was credited with giving $325,000 to a pro-Trump political action committee in May 2018. However, the indictment said financial records showed the money came via a circuitous route through a loan transaction linked to Fruman. The money never passed through a Global Energy Producers account, according to prosecutors.

The month the contribution was made, Parnas posted photos on Facebook of him and Fruman with President Trump in the White House and with Donald Trump Jr. in California.

Stressing that he has taken photos with many people, Trump said he did not know Parnas and Fruman. However, he also suggested that they might have been clients of Giuliani. Giuliani has referred to the men as his clients. However, he is not representing the men in the criminal case.

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Giuliani has acknowledged that Parnas and Fruman helped guide him as he urged Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden's business involvement with Burisma, a major Ukrainian natural gas company.

Giuliani has also acknowledged a similar effort to investigate Trump administration suspicions that Ukraine, not Russia, was involved in hacking the Democratic National Committee's servers during the 2016 presidential election. 

However, Giuliani has insisted that he carried out his efforts with U.S. State Department knowledge and approval.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rudy Giuliani associates Parnas and Fruman face arraignment in campaign finance conspiracy case

Giuliani associates claimed to have sway with both foreign billionaires and Trump administration officials .
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman pitched a natural gas deal they said would involve Ukrainian energy mogul Dmytro Firtash, according to people familiar with the discussions. “I don’t know those gentlemen. . . . Now, it’s possible I have a picture with them, because I have a picture with everybody,” the president said earlier this month. White House officials and Giuliani did not respond to a request for comment.

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