Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman, right, associates of Rudy Giuliani, were arrested on a four-count indictment. The men had key roles in Giuliani’s efforts to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Biden and his son, Hunter. (Alexandria Sheriff’s Office via AP) / (nikamata/iStock) / U.S. District Court indictment document
America’s ongoing drama over the impeachment of President Donald Trump took on a cannabis slant this week. The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York unsealed a criminal indictment Thursday charging four US citizens with using foreign money to influence domestic elections.
In one charge, the group tried to help get a Congressman re-elected so he would help fire the ambassador to Ukraine.
In another charge, the group worked on behalf of a foreign national to try and elect two Nevada candidates in order to gain favor in obtaining adult-use cannabis licenses.
During a televised press conference on Oct. 10, US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said one US native, David Correia, and three Soviet-born US citizens, Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman, and Andrey Kukushkin, “Broke the law to gain political influence and avoid disclosure as to where the money was coming from.”
In Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff’s deputies arrested Parnas and Fruman on Oct. 9 at the airport with one-way tickets out of the country. Kukushkin turned himself in today, and Correia is not in custody at the time of the press conference. John Dowd, an attorney for two of the men, did not responded to requests for comment from major news outlets Thursday.
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The US Attorney alleges the defendants conspired to break the Election Act—which makes it a crime for foreign nationals to influence US elections.