Two men linked to Rudy Giuliani arrested on campaign-finance violations
Oct 11 2019
John Dowd, the lawyer for the two men, declined comment on the charges. And while Dowd's writing style, legal research, and all around conduct may leave a lot to be desired, his instincts remain as sharp as ever - his boys were picked up by authorities on campaign finance violations.
The big PAC donation in May 2018 was part of a flurry of political spending tied to Parnas and Fruman, with at least $478,000 in donations flowing to GOP campaigns and PACs in little more than two months. They're a bit less RICO and a lot more LOCO. Earlier that day, the two, according to The Wall Street Journal, had lunch with Rudy Giuliani. The panels have also subpoenaed Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer.
The indictment does not make any specific mention of Giuliani but it does make reference to efforts to remove the United States ambassador to Ukraine, something the former mayor of NY was involved in. Might I suggest Times New Roman for that one?
They were arrested Wednesday night trying to leave country with one-way tickets from Dulles International Airport in Virginia, according to Geoffrey S. Berman, the USA attorney in Manhattan.
The two men reportedly introduced Giuliani to several current and former senior Ukrainian prosecutors to discuss Biden's case beginning late 2018, and House Democrats have sought documents and depositions from them since last month.
Prosecutors allege that Parnas urged a USA congressman to seek the ouster of the US ambassador to Ukraine, at the behest of Ukrainian government officials.
Parnas, who has known Giuliani for years, worked with Fruman to connect Giuliani to Ukrainian prosecutors who provided information to Giuliani, as The Times revealed in May.
Mr Giuliani did not immediately return a request for comment.
According to the indictment unsealed in New York, Parnas, Fruman and other defendants "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 the candidates, campaigns, and the candidates' governments".
A spokeswoman for America First Action says in a statement that the money won't be used for any objective and will remain in a separate account while the court cases play out.
"The defendants concealed the scheme from the candidates, campaigns, federal regulators, and the public by entering into secret agreements, laundering foreign money through bank accounts in the names of limited liability corporations, and through the use of straw donors", the indictment said.
U.S. law prohibits foreign donations in American elections.
"I don't want to interfere in US elections", he said, adding that he's awaiting an official visit to the United States.
"We take our legal obligations seriously and scrupulously comply with the law and any suggestion otherwise is false", the statement said.
The foreign national eventually made wire transfers totaling $1 million to Fruman and another unnamed individual previous year, and the defendants used those funds to make donations to a number of political candidates in Nevada that they thought could help further their plans for the marijuana business, the indictment says. At that point, the company had no income or significant assets, the indictment said.