Two Rudy Giuliani bagmen arrested, charged with several violations of federal election law

Before we get to the details, let’s remind ourselves of a few things.

  1. Much of the evidence against these two comes from wiretaps.  Who else is on the wiretaps and what did they say?
  2. When the feds go after a criminal mob, they start at the bottom, arresting the guys on the street, squeezing them to squeal on the people above them.  This tactic gradually leads to the boss.

Now, let’s check out today’s happenings — Thursday, Oct 10, 2019.

Here’s a good summary.

Ukrainians arrested today were funneling money from Russians to Trump campaign

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the two henchmen who helped Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani arrange meetings with Ukrainian officials, have been accused of taking money from an unidentified Russian businessman and illegally funneling it to Republican candidates.

In the indictment released by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Parnas and Fruman are alleged to have “conspired to make political donations” to political candidates using money provided by a person identified only as “Foreign National-1.”

According to the indictment, this individual “is a foreign national Russian citizen and businessman who, at all relevant times, was not a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States.”

Parnas, Fruman and their associates used the money from this Russian national to donate to political candidates who were in positions to help them set up a medical marijuana business, SDNY alleges.

Parnas and Fruman on Wednesday were arrested and indicted on campaign-finance charges. They have emerged as key figures in the scandal surrounding President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to launch investigations against his political opponents. The two businessmen helped arrange meetings between Giuliani and Ukrainian prosecutor Yuri Lutsenko, who at one point claimed to have dirt on the Bidens.

Photo shows two indicted Ukrainians with . . . Don Jr.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the two Trump-backing foreign-born businessmen who have now been indicted on campaign-finance charges, were photographed earlier this year dining with Donald Trump Jr.

Trump biographer Tim O’Brien has flagged a photo of Parnas, Fruman, and Trump Jr. having breakfast together at the Beverly Hills Polo Lounge in Thousand Oaks, California. According to USA Today, the photo was originally posted on Parnas’ Instagram account.

Parnas and Fruman are key figures in the scandal surrounding President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to launch investigations against his political opponents. The two businessmen helped arrange meetings between Giuliani and Ukrainian prosecutor Yuri Lutsenko, who at one point claimed to have dirt on the Bidens.

Biden, with the support of multiple western governments, was part of an effort to get Ukraine to fire Lutsenko because he was not doing enough to investigate corruption in the country.

Wisconsin GOP official associated with the Ukrainians who were arrested today

Michael Duffey, a politically appointed Office of Management and Budget official and former director of the Wisconsin Republican Party, is tangled in the new probe against President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal.

As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted, the Wall Street Journal found that Duffy was given authority by the White House to hold up the Ukraine aid that President Donald Trump was allegedly holding until Ukraine agreed to help find dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

“While career civil servants put an initial hold on the aid, Michael Duffey, associate director of national security programs in OMB, was given the authority for continuing to keep the aid on hold after the career staff began raising their concerns to political officials at OMB, according to people familiar with the matter,” The Journal reported.

Duffy oversaw the process for approving and releasing the funds for foreign aid.

According to allegations, Trump withheld nearly $400 million in aid to Ukraine over the summer. When he spoke to the newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky on July 25, Zelensky said that he was grateful for the past support of Ukraine in the area of defense.

“We. are ready to continue to cooperate for the next steps,” Zelensky said. “Specifically we are almost ready to buy more Javelins from the United States for defense purposes.”

“I would like you to do us a favor though,” Trump said according to the notes of the call released by the White House.

According to the Journal, putting a political person in charge of such an operation is not a typical decision.

“The involvement of a political official like Mr. Duffey in the apportionment process is unusual, according to several former OMB officials,” the report said.

Rudy Giuiliani’s bagmen were attempting to flee the US when arrested — at Dulles International Airport with one-way tickets

The two foreign-born men who have been helping President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani find dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his family were indicted and arrested early this morning while at Dulles Airport just west of Washington, D.C.

According to MSNBC, the men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were on an outbound international flight attempting to flee the country.

“These charges filed by the United States attorney office for the Southern District of New York, the federal prosecutors here in Manhattan,” reported NBC News correspondent Tom Winter. “They’re going to appear in Virginia first because they were arrested at Dulles Airport last night. Literally, as you were just speaking, more information from my colleague Joe Valiquette, the two were arrested on an outbound flight, so they were on their way out of the country when they were arrested according to Joe. One of the other individuals taken into custody in San Francisco, and it’s not clear yet, whether or not he has been taken into custody. So we’re still working on that. Both of these two businessmen were on their way out of the United States last night.”