DeSantis to return money from Giuliani associates arrested on campaign finance charges

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The indictment said Mr Parnas and Mr Fruman falsely claimed the company, called Global Energy Producers or GEP, which was making the political donations, was "a real business enterprise" and that "its major objective is energy trading, not political activity".

An indictment unsealed Thursday identified the lawmaker only as "Congressman 1". Turkish officials have denied wrongdoing.

The former USA ambassador to Ukraine told congressional investigators on Friday that President Donald Trump was behind a concerted effort to remove her from her post based on spurious claims, a development she found "incredulous".

Giuliani told The Times on Thursday that he provided legal and business advice to Parnas.

Authorities arrested Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman on Wednesday night as they tried to leave the United States.

The men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, made donations in a corporation's name to avoid reporting requirements.

Parnas is a Ukrainian businessman.

The trader represented by Mr Giuliani, Reza Zarrab, eventually pleaded guilty in NY to orchestrating a conspiracy to launder billions of dollars in gold and cash to Iran in order to evade USA sanctions.

The indictment also claims that Parnas and Fruman "committed to raise $20,000 or more for a then-sitting U.S. Congressman" whom they had met at a political event.

After their meeting, Sessions wrote a private letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling for Yovanovitch's dismissal.

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In a statement on Thursday, a spokeswoman for America First Action said the group placed the donation from Parnas and Fruman "in a segregated bank account" and that it hadn't been used "for any goal". But somebody said there may be a picture with - at a fundraiser or somewhere so, but I have pictures with everybody. "There was no request in that meeting and I took no action".

The indictments are semi-connected to an impeachment investigation by House Democrats trying to determine whether Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine in exchange for action against the Bidens. Giuliani was also on his way to Vienna.

Two associates of Rudy Giuliani who have been linked to his investigations in Ukraine have been indicted for campaign finance violations, according to court documents released Thursday.

"I don't know those gentlemen". That is possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody - I have a picture with everybody here. "I don't know what they do", Trump said Thursday. But he said he didn't know them and had nothing to do with their alleged crimes. "Maybe they were clients of Rudy", he added.

The Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued subpoenas to Parnas and Fruman on Thursday to produce documents by October 16.

Federal prosecutors are alleging the donated money actually came from foreign sources.

In May 2018, they gave $325,000 to the primary pro-Trump super PAC, America First Action, through Global Energy Partners LLC, according to the WSJ. He is businessman and a longtime associate of Parnas.

It's unclear whether or not any retiring Republicans will cross social gathering strains and vote in opposition to Trump on their means out the door.

A spokeswoman for American First Action told the WSJ they had put the donation in a segregated bank account filing the group's complaint and said it "has not been used for any objective and the funds will remain in this segregated account until these matters are resolved".

In November 2018, for example, Fruman used the funds to make $10,000 donations to two Nevada state political candidates. "Protecting the integrity of our elections and protecting our elections from unlawful foreign influence are core functions of our campaign finance laws", he said. The money wasn't enough to help Sessions previous year. The campaign finance violations were related to hush payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. Kukushkin has been arrested in California, but Correia remains at large, the official said. I've tried to reach him since then, to discuss Parnas's and Fruman's arrests, among other things, to no avail.

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