Two Giuliani Associates Arrested for Campaign Finance Violations

 In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Rudy Giuliani, attorney for President Donald Trump, addresses a gathering during a campaign event.

The men were reportedly linked to Giuliani’s efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, and Giuliani confirmed in May that they were his clients.(AP PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA, FILE )

TWO MEN ASSOCIATED WITH Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, were arrested on campaign finance violations on Wednesday.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, soviet-born donors to pro-Trump fundraising efforts, were arrested on criminal charges for violating campaign finance laws, a spokesman for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office said.

People familiar with the situation told The Wall Street Journal that the men were linked to Giuliani’s efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. Giuliani had confirmed in May that Parnas and Fruman were his clients, and according to the Journal, both men had dinner with the president and met with Donald Trump Jr. in May 2018.

The two bussinessmen have donated to Republican campaigns, including Trump’s, and gave $325,000 to a pro-Trump PAC the same month they met Trump for dinner, the Journal reported.

They donated the money through an LLC, prompting the Campaign Legal Center, a transparency advocacy group, to file a complaint with the FEC, urging the commission to investigate the men for potentially violating campaign finance laws.

They are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia later Thursday.

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