President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has coffee with Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, September 20, 2019.
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Two foreign-born businessmen with ties to President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani were arrested on campaign finance charges, court documents show.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who reportedly gave money to a political action committee supporting Trump, “conspired to circumvent the federal 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’ governments,” according to a sealed indictment in U.S. District Court in lower Manhattan.
A source familiar with the situation confirmed Fruman’s and Parnas’ arrests to CNBC. They are expected to appear in federal court in Washington, D.C., at 2 p.m. ET, NBC News reported.
The indictment names two other defendants, as well.
Read the indictment:
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