These were Trump’s “men on the ground, in Ukraine. Our folks say “pure Trump Deep State/Kosher Nostra” thugs…VT
– First published … October 10, 2019 –
Two Soviet-born (Jewish) businessmen (now Israeli passport holders) with ties to Rudy Giuliani were arrested Wednesday on federal charges of violating campaign-finance laws through a six-figure donation they facilitated to President Donald Trump’s official super PAC.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were taken into custody at Washington’s Dulles airport. The Wall Street Journal first reported their arrests, which the FBI confirmed to The Daily Beast on Thursday morning.
Parnas and Fruman are charged with making illegal straw donations, including a $325,000 contribution to the group America First Action. As The Daily Beast first reported, that donation actually came from an entirely different, undisclosed company owned by Parnas. It is illegal to donate to federal political candidates in the name of another person or entity.
In addition to the straw donations, prosecutors say that Parnas, Fruman, and their co-conspirators made donations using money provided by an unnamed foreign national, who was ineligible to contribute to federal political campaigns under U.S. law.
Parnas and Fruman are central to an ongoing impeachment inquiry against Trump. The two men assisted Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, in his efforts to dig up dirt on Trump’s political opponents in Ukraine.
Among the objectives they sought was the removal of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, whom Giuliani believed was standing in the way of investigations he and Trump wanted to see launched into Joe and Hunter Biden’s work in the country. Read more….
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