The Latest: Documents say US lawmaker’s Ukraine help sought

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani (all times local):

11 a.m.

Federal prosecutors say two businessmen tied to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani asked a U.S. congressman to help remove the American ambassador to Ukraine after the men committed to raising more than $20,000 for the politician.

The congressman isn’t identified by name in court papers.

An indictment unsealed Thursday says businessman Lev Parnas met with the congressman at an event sponsored by an independent expenditure committee funded by Parnas and fellow businessman Igor Fruman.

According to the court papers, the congressman received about $3 million from the committee during the 2018 election cycle.

The documents say Parnas’ efforts to have the U.S. ambassador removed were “conducted, at least in part, at the request of one or more Ukrainian government officials.”

Prosecutors say Fruman made a contribution of $2,700 to the congressman’s campaign, the federal maximum, and made an additional $2,700 donation in Parnas’ name.

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10:20 a.m.

Two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani have been arrested on campaign finance violations resulting from a $325,000 donation to a political action committee supporting Trump’s re-election.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested on a four count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and falsification of records.

Records show they used wire transfers from a corporate entity they controlled to make a $325,000 donation to the America First Action committee in 2018. Records that became public through a lawsuit show that the corporate entity reported as making the transaction was not the true source of the money.

A lawyer for the men, John Dowd, hung up on an Associated Press reporter calling about the case.

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