two associates of Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, arrested for illegal campaign financing

In addition to concealing the origin of the funds paid in 2018 to several Republican candidates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman would have played the intermediary to convince the Ukrainian authorities to investigate Biden.

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Three weeks after Donald Trump was indicted by the House of Representatives, President Rudy Giuliani's personal attorney has returned dramatically to the fore after the arrest at Dulles International Airport ( Virginie) of two of his associates, Wednesday evening, 9 October.

The charges against them, the concealment of the foreign origin of funds paid in 2018 to several Republican candidates for local and federal elections and a political action committee dedicated to the re-election of Donald Trump, have no connection to the indictment procedure.

On the other hand, these two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, American citizens born respectively in Ukraine and Belarus, would have helped Rudy Giuliani in his efforts to convince the Ukrainian authorities to open investigations against the son of a political opponent of Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden. Hunter Biden has served on the board of directors of a Ukrainian private gas company from 2014 to 2019.

The indictment of the president was triggered following the revelation of a telephone conversation between Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, the content of which resulted in the reporting of a whistleblower initially blocked by the Department of Justice. During this conversation, in addition to the one targeting the Biden family, the President of the United States asked for investigations into possible collusion of senior Ukrainian officials with the Democratic Party in the 2016 election. factual evidence is defended by conservative journalists.

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The attention brought back to Ukraine

The indictment released Thursday reports that Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were apprehended while attempting to leave the United States, also coordinated with Texas Republican Pete Sessions to win the dismissal of the US ambassador to Kiev, Marie Yovanovitch, suddenly summoned to Washington in May. Donald Trump has repeated negative comments about her during the July 25 conversation. The two men also held meetings between former Attorneys General of Ukraine Viktor Shokin and Yuri Lutsenko, and Rudy Giuliani, as well as other meetings with senior officials of the Ukrainian government.

These arrests could disrupt the White House's counter-attack. By sending a letter to the House of Representatives on 7 October in which he denied his legitimacy and refused any form of cooperation with him, Donald Trump's legal adviser Pat Cipollone hoped to move the confrontation to the field. of the procedure.


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