An associate of President Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani who was arrested this month was in Michigan just before the 2018 election. Both Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas and Giuliani were at a campaign event for GOP U.S. Senate candidate John James in Holland, the Holland Sentinel reports.
Parnas was arrested this month along with Igor Fruman as they were ready to leave for Vienna on one-way tickets.
They stand accused of conspiracy, making false statements, falsifying business records and funneling $325,000 to a Trump-aligned super PAC, Politico reports. Both men have been drawn into the U.S. House impeachment inquiry centering around Trump threatening to withhold aid from Ukraine unless officials dug up dirt on 2020 presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden.
Parnas “was on the second floor of the Holland Civic Center on Nov. 3 during a last-minute campaign stop” for James on Nov. 3, 2018, the Holland Sentinel reports. He was photographed with Giuliani, U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland), gubernatorial candidate former Attorney General Bill Schuette and his running mate, Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons. A video posted to James’ Facebook account appears to show Parnas with officials.
James lost last year to U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing). He is now running in 2020 against U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (Bloomfield Twp.).
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The Florida Phoenix, the Michigan Advance‘s sister outlet, reports that the pair also donated to now-GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Parnas was photographed with him at his November 2018 victory party.
Photos of Parnas and Fruman also have surfaced with both Trump and Donald Trump Jr.