Two Giuliani Associates at Center of Trump Impeachment Inquiry Have Been Arrested

Two men linked to Trump's lawyer Giuliani arrested on campaign-finance violations

They also said Parnas played a role in a successful effort to have Trump remove the USA ambassador to Ukraine.

Parnas and Fruman allegedly created a front company, Global Energy Producers (GEP), to funnel a $325,000 contribution to a fundraising committee identified as "Committee-1". Dowd previously represented Trump in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that detailed Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential campaign to boost Trump's candidacy. "I haven't spoken to Rudy about it, I don't know". That PAC spent heavily in 2018 to support Sessions, over $3 million dollars, but he went on to lose his seat. He says he'll vigorously defend himself against any allegation of wrongdoing.

The Campaign Legal Center, a transparency advocacy group, flagged the donation and filed a complaint in July 2018 with the Federal Election Commission, calling on it to investigate whether Parnas and Fruman had violated campaign-finance laws.

The three Democratic chairmen in charge of the impeachment inquiry into the president had already requested documents from Parnas and Fruman and followed through with a subpoena on Thursday. He says, "We have nothing to do with it".

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.

The two Florida businessmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, are expected to appear in a federal court in Virginia later on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The pair and a third man are accused of trying to use straw donors to hide the source of money they contributed to a congressman and a political action committee supporting Trump's re-election.

As a result of the donations, Parnas and Fruman had meetings with the congressman and Parnas lobbied him to advocate for removing the ambassador to Ukraine, Berman said. The notorious oligarch returned from a long exile and immediately threatened and defamed two Americans, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.

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Reuters quoted John Dowd, a lawyer for both men, as declining to comment on the charges.

The subpoenas were issued within hours of the unsealing of an indictment charging Parnas and Fruman with campaign finance crimes.

Mr Parnas had been asked to give a deposition on Thursday and Mr Fruman on Friday but the White House has sought to block all cooperation with the House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry.

The request from Congress is the second set of subpoenas linking Giuliani and other Trump affiliates to Parnas.

The indictment accuses the four men of also participating in a scheme to acquire retail marijuana licenses through donations to local and federal politicians in New York, Nevada and other states.

Parnas and Fruman have emerged as major figures in the ongoing impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives due to their relationship with Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney.

In a statement, a spokesperson for America First Action said that it "placed that contribution in a segregated bank account, [and] it has not been used it for any goal and the funds will remain in this segregated account until these matters are resolved".

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