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Lev Parnas, and Igor Fruman, two employees of President Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, to not guilty Wednesday calls campaign Finance charges tied to political contributions, including hundreds of thousands of dollars to a pro-Trump super PAC.
An indictment filed in Manhattan Federal court alleged that Parnas and Fruman used a limited liability company, in order to promote donations in the context of the American elections”, your personal financial interests and the political interests of at least one Ukrainian government officials, with whom they worked.” The indictment claims that the two men were in violation of the restrictions against straw donors.
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Parnas and Fruman created the Global energy-producers (JEP), and allegedly funneled money through the company to get a political Committee, “you will have access to exclusive policital events and influence gain with politicians,” the indictment says. It integrates allegedly GEP around the time the contributions were made.
According to Federal Election Commission 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 FEC in July of 2018, this contribution, as well as the separate litigation 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.”
“We follow our legal obligations seriously and strictly with the law and any suggestion otherwise is false,” the statement said.
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 a Democrat-led 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.
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The indictment also claims a “foreigner-donor scheme”, the the two men and two other defendants, American David Correia and national Ukrainian Andrey Kukushkin, where they allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to make political contributions financed by an unnamed Russian national, to benefit influence on political candidates in terms of the policy, a recreational-marijuana-car companies, and to help you get retail marijuana licenses.
Correia and Kukushkin pleaded not guilty last week.
Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran, Marta Dhanis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.