Published: Thu, October 10, 2019
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Florida men tied to Guiliani arrested on campaign charges

Florida men tied to Guiliani arrested on campaign charges

Two men associated with US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been arrested over violations of campaign finance laws, a spokesman for the Manhattan US Attorney's office said on Thursday (Oct 10).

The new indictment of two Rudy Giuliani allies assisting his Ukraine investigation alleges they coordinated with a sitting congressman to get the ambassador to Ukraine recalled.

The AP reported last week that Parnas and Fruman helped arrange a January meeting in NY between Ukraine's former top prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, and Giuliani, as well as other meetings with top government officials. Parnas and Fruman had violated campaign-finance laws by using an LLC to disguise the source of their donations.

They gave hundreds of thousands in donations to a Trump-allied super PAC, according to the Miami Herald.

The indictment also lays out allegations of a separate "foreign national donor scheme" involving the two men and two other defendants, American David Correia, and Ukrainian national Andrey Kukushkin, where they allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to make political contributions funded by an unnamed Russian national to obtain influence with political candidates regarding policies to benefit a recreational marijuana business venture, and to help obtain retail marijuana licenses.

Parnas, Fruman and Kukushkin are USA citizens.

John Dowd, the lawyer for the two men, declined comment on the charges. The donation "has not been used for any goal and the funds will remain in this segregated account until these matters are resolved", the spokeswoman said.

Giuliani's efforts to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation were echoed by Trump in his July 25 call with Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

The indictment says Parnas and Fruman "sought to advance their personal financial interests and the political interests of at least one Ukrainian government official with whom they were working" and took steps to hide it from third parties, including creditors.

Parnas told Reuters last month he knew the FBI was investigating him but was not sure why. House Democrats wanted them to appear for a deposition today and tomorrow pursuant to the ongoing impeachment inquiry, but it appears there weren't any plans of complying with that request. But wire transfer records that became public through a lawsuit show that the corporate entity reported as making the transaction was not the true source of the money.

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