We’re learning more details about the arrest Wednesday night of two associates of Rudy Giuliani’s on campaign finance charges.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested at Dulles International Airport last night, NBC News reported, citing an unnamed law enforcement source. ABC News confirmed that information and reported they were attempting to leave the country.
That reported flight out of the country would have made Parnas and Fruman no-shows for their scheduled congressional testimony on Thursday and Friday, the New York Times noted. In May, Giuliani called the two men clients of his.
Attorney General Bill Barr has been aware of the investigation into Parnas and Fruman since “shortly after he came into office” in February, NBC News reported.
Barr was informed Wednesday night that Fruman and Parnas were being arrested, ABC news reported citing an unnamed DOJ official.
The pair hadn’t been expected to show up for the depositions, which would move committee Democrats to issue subpoenas for their appearances, the Times said. Parnas and Fruman were involved in Giuliani’s hunt for dirt on the Bidens and other issues that would be helpful to President Trump in 2020.
The campaign legal center first filed a complaint regarding Parnas and Fruman’s alleged donation to the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action in July of last year.
The PAC listed a $325,000 donation from a natural gas company the pair had recently created, even though the money alleged came from another firm linked to Parnas, according to subsequent reporting.