Two Florida businessmen, who helped President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, investigate political rival Joe Biden pleaded not guilty to illegally funneling money to a pro-Trump election committee and other politicians, Reuters reports.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman entered their not guilty pleas to federal campaign finance charges before U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken in Manhattan.
Federal prosecutors have accused Parnas and Fruman of using a shell company to donate $325,000 to the pro-Trump committee, America First Action, and raising money for former U.S. Representative Pete Sessions of Texas as part of an effort to have the Republican president remove the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.
The two men have been charged with conspiracy, making false statements to authorities and falsifying business records.
Both Parnas and Fruman are free on bail.
As we reported earlier, ex-Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko denies that he tried to influence the removal of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Jovanovic with the help of Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. He stated this in a commentary to Ukrainska Pravda.