Ex-Giuliani Pal Says Foreign Cash Isn't Linked To Donations

By Stewart Bishop (October 21, 2021, 7:59 PM EDT) -- An attorney for former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas on Thursday told a Manhattan federal jury there was no connection between a wealthy Russian businessman's money and contributions to U.S. political campaigns.

Parnas and his former business partner Andrey Kukushkin are accused of conspiring to use part of $1 million in purported loans from tycoon Andrey Muraviev to make donations to U.S. election campaigns, including those of powerful Republicans such as Florida Gov. Ron Desantis and Texas Congressman Pete Sessions, in the hopes of currying favor to support a legal cannabis venture.

During closing arguments at the trial of Parnas and his...

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