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Two employees of Rudy Giuliani in court; David Lee Miller reports.
Two businessmen pleaded not guilty Thursday pleads to Federal charges that she conspired with two associates of Rudy Giuliani, illegal campaign contributions to prominent Republican politicians who thought they could push the interests of the political and economic.
David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin appeared in Manhattan Federal court to face charges of conspiracy to violate the prohibitions of the foreign donations and contributions in Federal and state elections. Each man faces up to five years of imprisonment, the charges against him.
Prosecutors claim that Correia and Kukushkin worked to hide political donations from an unnamed foreign nationals, of funneling the money through a shell company, the global energy-producers (JEP). The company has a car of Giuliani’s associates, Lev Parnas, and Igor Fruman, support for recreational marijuana businesses, according to the 21-page indictment filed in the Southern district of New York.
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Parnas and Furman, the to try by Giuliani, and to convince, to examine Ukrainian officials, former Vice-President and in 2020, the Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden for possible corruption. were employed, This relationship has now another arm of the growing impeachment inquiry against President Trump, as the three Democratic-run house committees examine whether Trump is trying to persuade Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to investigate the three-part withholding of U.S. military aid in July, a 25 telephone call between the two leaders.
The foreigners in the sense of the indictment, also allegedly Wi-Fi $500,000 in Parnas and Fruman, both U.S. citizens, born in the former Soviet Union, a foreign bank account will be used to support candidates in Federal and state elections in Nevada, New York and elsewhere.
Andrey Kukushkin, second from left, and David Correia, appear to the far right, in a court of law for conspiracy charges in New York on Thursday. (Elizabeth Williams, via AP)
Prosecutors say that Parnas donated $20,000 to an unknown Congressman in exchange for the politicians, the support for the displacement of then-U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine, Marie Yovanovich at the behest of the Ukrainian government officials.
The indictment against the four men not mentioned by the politicians, by name, the reference to the person, of the Fund as a “Congress of deputies 1,” but donations of Parnas and Fruman match-campaign reports for Pete Sessions, R-Texas, as to who steered his donations to local charities.
Sessions that did not believe that a target of the investigation, Parnas, and Fruman, were all subpoenaed by a grand jury to turn over documents relating to its dealings with Giuliani.
GEP allegedly contributed also to separate $325,000 and $15,000 committees in may 2018, “you will get access to exclusive policy events and the influence of gain with politicians,” the indictment says. It integrates allegedly GEP around the time the contributions were made.
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According to FEC records, JEP 2018 to pro-Trump super PAC America First action contributed $325,000 in may. In a statement, a spokesman for America’s First action noted that a complaint was filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), in July of 2018, this contribution is in addition to separate court proceedings in Florida. The statement said that the money was placed “in a separate Bank account” was not used, and “remain in this separate account until these issues are resolved.
Parnas and Furman expected York court accused to be in a New building in the next week.
The next court date for Correia and Kukushkin was for the Dec. 2, but U.S. district judge J. Paul Oetken granted a request from Kukushkin will remain in California, where a $1 million bail package that limits where he can go to work at home, legal visits and doctor’s appointments.
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer and The Associated Press contributed to this report.