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For Ukraine help, Giuliani turned to unlikely Florida fixers

For Ukraine help, Giuliani turned to unlikely Florida fixers

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump sought to get Ukrainian authorities to investigate Joe Biden, his lawyer Rudy Giuliani turned to a pair of Soviet-born real business partners from Florida who made more than a half million dollars in donations to Republicans while facing lawsuits from disgruntled investors over unpaid debts.

Documents show Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman used wire transfers from a company they controlled to make a $325,000 donation to a Trump-allied political action committee in 2018.

That helped the relatively unknown entrepreneurs gain access to the president at the White House. Earlier this year, they reportedly visited a top prosecutor in the Ukraine and set up a meeting with him and Giuliani in New York.

Giuliani's efforts are at the heart of a burgeoning congressional impeachment inquiry of Trump.


Updated : 2021-02-25 22:30 GMT+08:00