Report: Indicted Ukrainian-American businessman attended 2018 John James event

    In this handout photo provided by the Alexandria, Virginia Sheriff's Office, Lev Parnas poses for a booking photo October 9, 2019 in Alexandria, Virginia. Parnas and Igor Fruman, who were arrested as they were trying to leave the U.S., are associates of Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer. Fruman and Parnas were both charged with campaign finance violations for allegedly trying to use foreign money to influence U.S. politics. | Alexandria Virginia Sheriff's Office via Getty Images

    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.

    In this handout photo provided by the Alexandria, Virginia Sheriff’s Office, Igor Fruman poses for a booking photo October 9, 2019 in Alexandria, Virginia. | Alexandria Virginia Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)

    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.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.