Monday, 03 August, 2020

Arrest of Giuliani associates ensnares ‘Congressman 1’

Two Giuliani Associates at Center of Trump Impeachment Inquiry Have Been Arrested 2 Giuliani associates arrested on campaign finance charges
Robin Buchanan | 13 October, 2019, 14:57

Prosecutors are likely to want to know whether the two men informed Mr Giuliani about their plans to leave and whether they wanted to avoid testifying in the Trump impeachment inquiry. If they want to ask me I'm happy to prove it.

"You have to ask Rudy".

Their attorney, John Dowd, another former Trump lawyer, said on Monday they would not comply for congressional demands to turn over documents and give depositions to the House committees investigating whether Trump abused his office in the pursuit of damaging information about the Bidens.

"This investigation is about corrupt behavior, deliberate lawbreaking", William Sweeney, assistant director in charge at the FBI's NY field office, said Thursday during a press conference detailing campaign finance charges against Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

The indictment also charges that Kukushkin conspired with the three other defendants to make political contributions, funded by a foreign national, to politicians seeking state and federal office "to gain influence with candidates as to policies that would benefit a future business venture".


Soviet-born Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman reportedly donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Trump-allied Super PAC, with Parnas helping Giuliani build connections with Ukrainian prosecutors.

As they sought to raise a promised $20,000 for the congressman, Fruman allegedly made a donation to the lawmaker in Parnas' name to skirt limits on individual donations, in violation of campaign finance law, the indictment says.

That would have been just hours before prosecutors said the two were arrested trying to board a flight out of the country on one-way tickets.

Giuliani, who did not return a request for comment, previously said he worked with Parnas and Fruman to get Ukrainian officials to investigate Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden, Trump's political rival.

Trump insisted on Thursday night that he did not know either of the Giuliani associates arrested and that any questions on the matter should be directed to the attorney.


"I don't know them". Parnas made their request to the congressman, who is not named, in part at the behest of one of more Ukraine government officials, the indictment.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the two Giuliani associates, are expected to appear in federal court Thursday for arraignment, according to The Wall Street Journal. The panels have also subpoenaed Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer.

Yovanovitch, who is still a State Department employee, testified behind closed doors on October 11 to the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry against Trump that the president recalled her based on "unfounded and false claims" after Giuliani had targeted her. Giuliani declined to comment.

Among others who are likely to testify - Fiona Hill, President Trump's former top Russian Federation adviser, House Democrats have requested a deposition from Bill Taylor, the top US diplomat in Ukraine and House Democrats also issued a subpoena for US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland who the White House prevented from testifying earlier this week.

Twenty days later, Parnas posted a picture of himself with Fruman and Donald Trump Jr.at the Beverly Hills Polo Lounge in California.


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