Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman PHOTO: ALEXANDRIA SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Feds arrested two Ukrainian-Americans Wednesday evening at Dulles Airport as they were waiting to board their one-way flights to Vienna, Austria.
The two Ukrainians who were arrested, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, are associates of Giuliani’s and helped him in his efforts to investigate the Biden crime family.
Giuliani had lunch with Fruman and Parnas Wednesday at Trump International Hotel in DC and a few hours later they were arrested and hit with 4 counts, including conspiracy, falsification of records and lying to the Federal Election Commission about their political donations, according to the indictment.
A 21-page indictment was unsealed Thursday and prosecutors alleged the two men were ‘engaged in political activities in the US on behalf of one or more Ukrainian government officials.’
Both Mr. Fruman and Mr. Parnas are US citizens, but were born in former Soviet republics (Ukraine and Belarus).
According to the indictment, the feds began targeting Fruman and Parnas in May of 2018 after they were pictured with President Trump and his eldest son Don Jr. in March and April of 2018.
Don Jr. pictured with Fruman and Parnas in April 2018 at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel:
President Trump pictured with Lev Parnas and Fruman in 2018:
President Trump said he didn’t know the two men who were arrested this week and the media shot back with photo evidence of him standing next to Parnas and Fruman.
Trump defended himself and said he has pictures with “everybody.”
Parnas and Fruman are both US citizens, however the media is painting them out to be nefarious foreigners who cozied up to Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
The feds alleged in the indictment that an unnamed Russian businessman (Foreign National-1) funneled campaign donations to Trump’s super PAC through a Limited Liability Corporation (GEP) created by Parnas and Fruman.
Parnas and Fruman funneled the money through their LLC and donated $325,000 to a primary pro-Trump super PAC.
The Federal Election Campaign Act prohibits foreigners from donating to candidates (this law apparently only applies to Trump supporters).
The feds were so meticulous in their targeting of the two Ukrainian-Americans that they alleged Igor Fruman purposely tried to evade the FEC by misspelling his name “Furman.”
US Attorney General Bill Barr back in February after being confirmed was briefed on the Justice Department’s investigation into the two Ukrainian-Americans which began in May of 2018.
According to a Justice Department official, Bill Barr is supportive of the DOJ’s work on the case and he was made aware of the two men being charged and taken into custody Wednesday evening.
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It appears what tipped off the feds to begin looking into Parnas and Fruman was the fact that they were photographed with President Trump and his son Don Jr. — the kiss of death in this currently political climate.
The timing of the arrest of Parnas and Fruman is suspicious too.
Feds have been investigating them for a year-and-a-half yet they were arrested this week after having lunch with Giuliani as explosive news about Biden’s extortion and pay-to-play scheme with Ukraine was being exposed.