Two Giuliani associates arrested on campaign finance charges

Make sure to let us know what you think... we now have comments turned ON below the article!

Two foreign-born associates of the president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who’d been assisting him in his personal investigation of alleged wrongdoing by Obama administration members in Ukraine, have been arrested and charged with violating federal campaign finance laws.

Left largely unmentioned in media reports is the fact that the criminal charges are for activities entirely unrelated to Giuliani or President Trump, and were instead alleged to have occurred prior to their linking up with Giuliani.

“Straw” donations

The Daily Caller reported that Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were named along with two other individuals in an indictment unsealed on Thursday following their arrest late on Wednesday. Giuliani himself is not mentioned in the indictment.

The four men are essentially accused of engaging in a conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws by making “straw” donations to political candidates and committees which concealed the foreign origin of the donated funds that were intended to advance political and business interests and gain influence.

Specifically, the four men are alleged to have “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 candidates, campaigns, and the candidates’ government.”

In addition to that scheme, the individuals are also accused of working to advance the interests of at least one Ukrainian government official with whom they were associated — primarily, to see the then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine recalled or removed from her post.

Buying influence

The 21-page indictment alleges that Parnas and Fruman made a donation of $325,000 to an unnamed political action committee in 2018, which is believed to be a pro-Trump Super PAC. That PAC, in turn, made approximately $3 million in donations to an unnamed member of Congress, who is believed to have been Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX). It appears that Parnas and Fruman also made direct donations to Sessions, albeit in a manner that concealed the origin of the donated funds.

Parnas is also known to have met with Sessions to pass along the Ukrainian government’s request that the ambassador be recalled from Ukraine, a message that Sessions is believed to have passed along to the White House. Some time later, Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch — who was accused of having a strong “anti-Trump bias” — was recalled from Ukraine.

Furthermore, the indicted individuals are accused of conspiring to influence local Nevada politicians — including by making campaign donations — in a bid to help launch a recreational marijuana business that was funded by an unnamed foreign national, believed to be a Russian who wanted to keep his identity a secret, given the partisan political turmoil over Russia. The planned business never fully materialized.

Indictment unrelated to Giuliani’s work in Ukraine

This activity occurred prior to Parnas and Fruman associating with Giuliani in 2019 to assist him in his information-gathering venture in Ukraine. Giuliani was focused on obtaining evidence of Obama administration officials conspiring with Ukrainian officials to meddle in the 2016 election as well as alleged corruption related to former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

It would appear that the role of Parnas and Fruman was to help facilitate meetings between Giuliani and various Ukrainian officials.

Asked if he thought Giuliani would end up being indicted, Trump told CNN, “I hope not. You know, he’s got a lot of clients. So, I just don’t know. I haven’t spoken to Rudy about it, I don’t know.”

222 Responses

  1. The other day, while I was at work, my sister stole my iPad and tested to see if it can survive a thirty foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views. I know this is entirely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  2. 885318 843919Im not positive why but this weblog is loading extremely slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end? Ill check back later and see if the issue nonetheless exists. 127795

  3. This is the suitable weblog for anyone who needs to find out about this topic. You notice so much its nearly laborious to argue with you (not that I truly would want…HaHa). You positively put a brand new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, simply nice!

  4. Superb blog you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any forums that cover the same topics talked about in this article? I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get responses from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Kudos!

  5. I really wanted to type a quick note in order to appreciate you for the fantastic hints you are giving out on this site. My particularly long internet look up has finally been paid with really good concept to talk about with my company. I ‘d believe that we website visitors are undoubtedly lucky to live in a very good site with so many marvellous people with valuable principles. I feel very lucky to have come across your website and look forward to some more pleasurable moments reading here. Thanks once more for everything.

  6. I have to express appreciation to this writer for bailing me out of this type of instance. As a result of exploring through the internet and finding opinions which were not powerful, I believed my entire life was gone. Being alive without the presence of strategies to the issues you’ve fixed all through the site is a crucial case, and those that could have adversely damaged my entire career if I had not noticed your website. Your own personal knowledge and kindness in dealing with the whole thing was crucial. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I had not discovered such a step like this. I am able to now look ahead to my future. Thank you very much for your skilled and result oriented help. I won’t hesitate to recommend the sites to anybody who needs guidance on this matter.

  7. With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright infringement? My blog has a lot of unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my authorization. Do you know any techniques to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d definitely appreciate it.

  8. My husband and i were excited that Raymond could deal with his web research through the entire precious recommendations he acquired through the web site. It’s not at all simplistic just to choose to be giving out tricks which usually people could have been selling. And we all recognize we have the website owner to appreciate for this. Most of the illustrations you have made, the straightforward website menu, the relationships you give support to promote – it’s all excellent, and it is helping our son in addition to our family reason why this matter is fun, and that is rather vital. Thank you for the whole lot!

  9. Hey there would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you suggest a good web hosting provider at a honest price? Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

  10. There are some fascinating points in time in this article however I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There’s some validity however I’ll take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we wish extra! Added to FeedBurner as properly

  11. Great ¡V I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your website. I had no trouble navigating through all tabs and related information ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, web site theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Nice task..

  12. Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you’ve on this web site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched everywhere and just could not come across. What an ideal web-site.

  13. Definitely imagine that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the net the simplest factor to remember of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed whilst other people think about worries that they plainly don’t recognise about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the highest as well as defined out the whole thing without having side effect , other folks can take a signal. Will probably be again to get more. Thank you

  14. Superb site you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed in this article? I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get comments from other knowledgeable people that share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Appreciate it!

  15. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I am very glad to see such great info being shared freely out there.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.