Two men connected to Giuliani’s Ukraine efforts charged with funneling foreign money into US election

Overall, four men were indicted Thursday on two counts of conspiracy, one count of false statements to the Federal Election Commission and one count of falsification of records. The four are alleged in the indictment unsealed by New York federal prosecutors to have conducted a scheme beginning in March 2018 to evade campaign finance laws.

Along with Fruman and Parnas, Andrey Kukushkin was arrested and appeared in court Thursday in San Francisco, where he refused to turn over his Ukrainian passport. His bail hearing is set to resume Friday. The fourth man, David Correia, hasn’t been arrested. All four are US citizens, according to the indictment.

Starting in November 2018, Giuliani told CNN, Parnas and Fruman introduced him to former and current Ukrainian officials who provided information that Giuliani claims is damaging to some of Trump’s political enemies, including Biden. House Democrats have subpoenaed documents from Giuliani relating to those interactions.

The request from Congress is the second set of subpoenas linking Giuliani and other Trump affiliates to Parnas. The first set, part of a lawsuit filed in federal court in Florida earlier this year, sought Parnas’ financial records and included a request for any work he may have done on Giuliani’s behalf.

Parnas and Fruman, as well as the two other defendants, are said to have drafted a chart that outlined a “multi-state license strategy,” planning for $1 to $2 million dollars in political donations to federal and state committees that were backed by the Russian national.

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