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U.S. politician testifies he met donor through Giuliani at Trump hotel

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3/3 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A combination file picture shows Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas and Russian born businessman Igor Fruman exiting the United States Courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Staple 2/3

(This October 15 story was refiled to fix typographical error in second paragraph.)

By Luc Cohen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A former candidate for Nevada's governorship testified on Friday that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani introduced him to Lev Parnas, a onetime Giuliani associate now on trial https://www.reuters.com/world/us/campaign-finance-trial-against-ex-giuliani-associate-parnas-kicks-off-2021-10-13 for alleged campaign finance law violations, who facilitated a contribution to the candidate.

Adam Laxalt https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-nevada/its-all-relative-family-blasts-republican-running-for-nevada-governor-idUSKCN1MX2NR, who lost his bid for the governorship, said he ultimately received a $10,000 donation from Parnas associate Igor Fruman shortly before the Nov. 6, 2018 election. But he said his campaign did not accept the funds because of doubts about the true source and concerns the contribution was illegal.

Prosecutors called Laxalt to testify in Parnas' Manhattan federal court trial. The Ukraine native has been charged with illegally funneling money from a Russian businessman to the campaigns of candidates for office in states where Parnas, Fruman and associates were seeking licenses to run cannabis businesses.

Laxalt said he met Giuliani, who was then personal attorney for former President Donald Trump, at the Trump International Hotel in Washington two months before the 2018 state election. Laxalt, a Republican, said he then accompanied Giuliani to a balcony at the hotel, where a group including Parnas were smoking cigars and drinking.

Parnas "immediately offered to help my campaign," Laxalt told the jury in the case overseen by U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken.

There was no suggestion that Giuliani did anything illegal by introducing Laxalt to Parnas. Prosecutors are separately probing whether Giuliani violated lobbying laws while working as Trump's lawyer. Giuliani has not been charged with any crime and has denied wrongdoing.

The case has drawn attention because of Parnas' and former co-defendant Fruman's roles helping Giuliani investigate President Joe Biden's activities in Ukraine. Biden, a Democrat, defeated Trump in the Republican's 2020 bid for re-election.

Giuliani's lawyer has said Parnas' case and the lobbying probe are unrelated.

Parnas pleaded not guilty. Belarus-born Fruman pleaded guilty in September https://www.reuters.com/legal/government/igor-fruman-ex-associate-giuliani-says-he-will-plead-guilty-2021-09-10.

U.S. politician testifies he met donor through Giuliani at Trump hotel
 

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BigPoppa Jcamp
BigPoppa Jcamp Oct 17, 2021 4:41PM ET
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Nothingburger with a side of sighs...How about a story on who is buying Hunter Bidens crappy art for six figs?
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it's free enterprise to buy art at stupid prices. so please stop
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Sidney Glover Money laundering is a lost concept on you, I see.
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So nobody did anything wrong according to the article.
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William Smith Oct 17, 2021 4:19PM ET
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As in Giuliani and Laxalt.
Felipe Daniel
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Biden crime family owned by CCP
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Tom Lemon Oct 16, 2021 5:40PM ET
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too bad it is trump that smootched with all the communist dictators.
Benjamin McIntire
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Danny is maga triggered snowflake
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except that ape-mans tape at the Ritz exists
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nobody cares about this.
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at least fascist trump supporters don't. real americans do?, however.
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"fascism under lefties..." Your ignorance is showing. Go back to highschool and check again which side of the political spectrum fascism actually falls on.
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fascism is leftism at its fullest, I dont know what history you learned. But, are you forgetting that N. Germany started with "Democratic Socialism". The very fact that Socialism is based off more government, like fascism and Capitalism is based on less government, the exact opposite of what fascism did in Germany. You comment proves how absolutely ignorant you are to think the right side is the side of fascism. Fascism is the absolute left of the spectrum. God, educate yourself.
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Oh my God the absolute ignorance of our "liberals" smdh
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Anarchism is the far right
 
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