WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 (Reuters / EP) –
Two businessmen linked to Rudoph Giuliani, personal lawyer of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, have been arrested for alleged breaches of the laws regulating the financing of election campaigns, the Manhattan Prosecutor's Office (New York) reported Thursday.
The detainees, Ukrainian businessman Lev Parnas and real estate investor Igor Fruman, would be part of a plot to “channel foreign money to candidates for federal and state offices,” according to the complaint.
The Campaign Legal Center, an NGO that advocates a regulation of campaign financing, had already urged the Government in July 2017 to investigate whether Parnas and Fruman had used a screen company to hide the origin of a donation of $ 325,000 to a political action committee in favor of Trump.
A source familiar with the case has said that the two men planned to fly to Vienna on Wednesday night. Their detention, however, will lead them to appear this Thursday before a federal court in Virginia, according to the newspaper 'The Wall Street Journal'.
Parnas and Fruman would have introduced Giuliani to members of the political elite of Ukraine, according to various media. This aspect is especially relevant given the controversy generated by the conversation between Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodimir Zelenski, and the messages in favor of an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.