Two Soviet-born members of Trump’s fundraising committee who were helping Rudy Giuliani with his Ukraine conspiracy theory have been arrested for campaign finance violations.
Two Soviet-born donors to a pro- Trump fundraising committee who helped Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to investigate Democrat Joe Biden were arrested late Wednesday on criminal charges of violating campaign finance rules and are expected to appear in court on Thursday, according to people familiar with the matter.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two Florida businessmen, have been under investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, and are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia later on Thursday, the people said. Both men were born in former Soviet republics.
Since late 2018, Mr. Fruman and Mr. Parnas have introduced Mr. Giuliani to several current and former senior Ukrainian prosecutors to discuss the Biden case.
These two Giuliani clients have been Trump donors, and they have also donated to Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Not only will the Ukraine conspiracy get Trump impeached, but Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to dig up dirt on the Bidens may get a couple of Trump’s Soviet donors sent to prison. The Campaign Legal Center filed a complaint in 2018 about the two former Soviets using an LLC to disguise their political donations. The two indicted men had dinner with Trump in May 2018.
Guiliani and Trump’s Ukraine scheme is backfiring on everyone involved.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are an example of how deep the infestation of illegal foreign money has become in the Republican Party. It is all falling apart for Trump.
Impeachment could end up being the least of his problems. Trump may end up being the first president to go from the White House to prison.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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