Giuliani Associate Due in Court in Campaign Finance Case

Clay Curtis
December 5, 2019

"It's something we're continuing to evaluate".

Parnas and Fruman were charged in October. The prosecutor didn't elaborate on what the new accusations would be or whether others would be charged, but he said later that at least one of the defendants, Parnas, is "under investigation for additional crimes". Federal prosecutors say both also participated in a strategy to force the ouster of their then-U.S. ambassador in Ukraine.

Clearing their way through that material - which includes electronic devices, phone records, bank records and more - would set the stage for the next steps.

Lev Parnas arrives to court in New York, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

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Lev Parnas, an associate of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and a possible witness in the impeachment inquiry against the Republican President, is expected to appear in federal court on Monday in a criminal campaign finance case. They were later indicted by federal prosecutors on charges of conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and falsification of records. According to prosecutors, they illegally funneled foreign money into USA political campaigns, including a $325,000 contribution to the pro-Trump America First political action committee.

Giuliani has emerged as a central figure in the fast-moving impeachment inquiry into whether Trump abused his office for personal political gain by pressing Ukraine to investigate Trump's political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who served as a director on the board of a Ukrainian energy company. Giuliani's actions are being looked at as part of the investigation by Manhattan federal prosecutors. Giuliani has said he knew nothing about illegal campaign donations.

Joseph Bondy, a lawyer for Parnas, said during the hearing that his client wants to cooperate with the Congressional investigation into the Ukraine matter, but that prosecutors have seized records responsive to a subpoena from the House Intelligence Committee. An attorney for the company, William W. Taylor III, said the firm is complying with the subpoena. Prosecutors claim he, Igor Fruman, David Correia, and Andrey Kukushkin variously schemed to hide donations to Republican candidates through straw-donors and allegedly funneled money put up by an unnamed Russian national into the U.S. electoral process.

US Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who is chairman of the committee, has said he was in discussions with lawyers for Parnas about testifying. But it's their work helping Giuliani dig up dirt in Ukraine that has put the pair under intense public scrutiny. As previously reported by Law&Crime, Giuliani Partners was contracted and paid $500,000 in 2018 by Fraud Guarantee, the company co-founded by Parnas. "They walked away", he said.

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