Trump denies knowing indicted Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman despite photos




  • In Politics
  • 2019-10-10 23:00:06Z
  • By USA TODAY
Trump denies knowing indicted Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman despite photos
Trump denies knowing indicted Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman despite photos  

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump denied knowing two Ukrainian-born business partners indicted Thursday in connection with alleged schemes to funnel foreign money to U.S. political campaigns, dismissing a photograph that showed him with one of the men at the White House.

"I don't know those gentlemen," Trump told reporters on the South Lawn on his way to a campaign rally in Minneapolis.

Prosecutors say Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman helped Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani meet a Ukrainian prosecutor as the former New York mayor pressed for an investigation into Trump's political rival, Joe Biden. Federal officials said Parnas and Fruman were arrested Wednesday evening at Dulles International Airport near Washington as they prepared to board an international flight with one-way tickets.

Trump brushed aside several photographs of the men with Trump or members of his family. On May 21, 2018, Parnas posted a picture on Facebook of himself with Fruman and Donald Trump Jr. at a breakfast at the Beverly Hills Polo Lounge in California. "Power Breakfast!!!" the caption said. Parnas had previously posted a picture of himself with Trump at the White House on May 1, describing an "incredible dinner and even better conversation."

More: Impeachment: Lawmakers subpoena Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, hours after their arrests

"Now it's possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody," Trump said. "Somebody said there may be a picture or something at a fundraiser, or somewhere, but I have pictures with everybody.

"I don't know them," Trump continued. "I don't know about them, I don't know what they do...Maybe they were clients of Rudy. You'd have to ask Rudy. I just don't know."

Trump's defense came as his campaign has been drawing attention to a photograph of Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian oligarch to question the former vice president's assertion that he never discussed his son's business in Ukraine with him.

House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry to look into whether Trump improperly used the power of his office to further his own political aims by pushing Ukraine to investigate Biden. During a phone call on July 25 phone call, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into Biden but he has insisted there was nothing improper about the call.

Contributing: Kevin Johnson

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump denies knowing Giuliani associates Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman

COMMENTS

More Related News

'We're going to have him for another four years.' Impeachment fight riles up Donald Trump supporters for 2020

Rather than hunkering down in Washington, Donald Trump is using the impeachment fight to rile up supporters in cities like Minneapolis and Dallas.

Trump says Kurds are
Trump says Kurds are 'very happy' with U.S.-brokered deal and U.S. has 'taken control' of oil

Fighting is continuing near the Syria-Turkey border despite a Trump administration boast it had helped broker a 'cease-fire,' Kurdish authorities say.

US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy
US envoy says Giuliani was given role on Ukraine policy

The U.S. ambassador to the European Union said Thursday that President Donald Trump instructed him and other envoys to work with his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Ukraine policy and that he was "disappointed" by the directive and disagreed with it. Gordon Sondland's closed-door testimony

White House says next G-7 to be held at a Trump golf resort
White House says next G-7 to be held at a Trump golf resort

The White House said Thursday it has chosen President Donald Trump's golf resort in Miami as the site for next year's Group of Seven summit. The announcement comes at the same time that the president has accused Joe Biden's family of profiting from public office because of Hunter Biden's business activities in Ukraine when his father was vice president. The idea of holding the event at Trump's resort has been criticized by government ethics watchdogs.

Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died
Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died

Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, died early Thursday of complications from longstanding health issues, his office said. Cummings was a formidable orator who passionately

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Politics

facebook
Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.