Is Pete Sessions The 'Unnamed Congressman' in Newly Unsealed Indictment?

Two Giuliani Associates at Center of Trump Impeachment Inquiry Have Been Arrested

2 Giuliani associates arrested on campaign finance charges

The indictment alleges the men created a corporation, Global Energy Producers, and then made political contributions in that name instead of their own. It's unclear whether the indictment will complicate those efforts, as Congress had challenges obtaining testimony from officials who had been charged by former special counsel Robert Mueller before the cases were completed.

The two were arrested at Dulles airport in Virginia on Wednesday night (local time), prosecutors said. Sessions added that he's been friends with Giuliani for 30 years but doesn't know about his business or legal activities in Ukraine.

Rudy Giuliani's foreign-born associates have been arrested on federal campaign finance charges, CBS News reports.

Mr Trump told reporters on Thursday he did not know the men - Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. He says, "We have nothing to do with it". As for photos of himself with Parnas at the White House posted on Facebook, Mr Trump said it was possible, "but I have pictures with everybody".

Both Parnas and Fruman were arrested at Washington's Dulles airport Wednesday evening just as they were about to board an worldwide flight.

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Trump sowed confusion about his relationship with Giuliani on Friday, responding to a question about whether he was still his personal attorney: "I don't know".

Berman says the men asked a congressman to help remove the American ambassador to Ukraine.

"Today's indictments, though, likely represent only the tip of the iceberg in terms of foreign meddling in general but also by Parnas and Fruman", said Ryan. They are two Florida-based businessmen. Mr Dowd previously represented Mr Trump in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that detailed Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential campaign to boost Mr Trump's candidacy. Trump has denied he's done anything improper and accused House Democrats of presidential harassment with their impeachment inquiry.

DeSantis' spokeswoman said his PAC was returning the money to the federal government. With the duo arrested on federal campaign finance charges, Trump can't be shouting about his sense of victimhood anymore. The politicians were unaware of the source of the funds, according to the indictment. The businessmen were indicted Thursday.

Parnas and Fruman reportedly assisted US President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani in probing former Vice President Joe Biden's alleged business involvement in Ukraine.

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Trump said earlier this week that he would block all officials from testifying, saying the probe was unfair and "illegitimate". The former USA ambassador to Ukraine , Marie Yovanovitch , spoke in a closed-door testimony to three House committees Friday.


The congressman isn't identified by name in court papers.

Why were Parnas and Fruman were headed to Vienna for "business" in the same window as Giuliani, but with no stated plan to meet up?

Valadao received $2,444 from Igor Fruman in the 2018 election, according to data assembled by Open Secrets and public records by the Federal Election Commission.

Federal authorities alleged that around the same time, Parnas "sought Congressman-1's assistance in causing the US government to remove or recall" the American ambassador to Ukraine at the time, Marie Yovanovitch.

The donations included a $325,000 contribution to America First Action, a political action committee that supports pro-Trump political candidates, according to an indictment. The association among the three men goes back several years.

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