Two foreign-born associates of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, were among those indicted on campaign finance charges made public on Thursday over alleged schemes to buy political influence on behalf of a Ukrainian government official and a Russian businessman.
The Giuliani associates had been working with the former New York mayor on a campaign to discredit former Vice President Joe Biden.
Some of the charges against the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, stem from alleged activities related to their work with Giuliani, including a successful effort to have the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, removed from her post.
According to the indictment, Parnas and Fruman agitated for her removal at the behest of an unnamed Ukrainian government official, and hid the source of political donations they made in order to further that goal.
Giuliani declined to comment.
The indictment also alleges that Parnas, Fruman and two other U.S. citizens participated in a separate scheme to use political donations to obtain licenses for a planned marijuana venture. The ultimate source of the political donations, according to the indictment, was an unnamed Russian businessman.
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