In what seems to be an incredible ‘coincidence,’ two Florida businessmen were arrested hours after having lunch with Rudy Giuliani. The men were assisting Giuliani with his investigation of Joe Biden’s extortion of the Ukraine.
However, the pair were charged under a completely separate incident regarding campaign finance violations. Incidentally, that violation was originally brought by a group that is funded by George Soros.
Two associates of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani had lunch with Giuliani at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., hours before they were arrested, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a source who saw the group together.
Prosecutors say the two were attempting to leave the country with one-way international tickets when they were arrested.
House committees subpoenaed the pair, who the committee chairmen say aided Giuliani’s efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, on Thursday for documents related to their work with Ukrainian officials and political contributions in the U.S.
The two reportedly introduced Giuliani to several Ukrainian officials to discuss the dismissal of a prosecutor, which Trump has claimed without evidence was the result of Biden sabotaging an investigation into a company his son, Hunter, worked for.
Breitbart News offered much more information concerning the incident:
The Campaign Legal Center, a transparency advocacy group, filed a complaint against the two men with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in July 2018, accusing them of violating campaign finance laws by using an LLC to hide the source of their donations, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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.
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 purpose and the funds will remain in this segregated account until these matters are resolved.”
The men have donated just over $500,000 in the past three years, including to Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), the National Republican Congressional Committee, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), according to the WSJ.
They are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia on Thursday. Both are being represented by John Dowd, the former head of Trump’s White House legal team.
The two men are reportedly both clients of Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and had separately assisted him in efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, according to the WSJ. The two men are reportedly born in former Soviet republics, but which ones have not been specified.
The WSJ report cites information from a Soros-funded group, the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), alleging that the men had dinner with the president in May 2018 and later that month met with Donald Trump Jr.
The two men reportedly introduced Giuliani to several current and former senior Ukrainian prosecutors to discuss Biden’s case beginning late 2018, and House Democrats have sought documents and depositions from them since last month.
The WSJ also reported that Parnas and Fruman allegedly worked to oust the ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who was removed from her post earlier this year.
The paper also reported that both men told the Soros-funded group OCCRP that they told Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) that Yovanovitch was bad-mouthing Trump, and Sessions reportedly asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for her removal. Sessions did not confirm that to the WSJ.
On Thursday, House Democrats subpoenaed the men to appear before Congress in their impeachment inquiry against Trump.