Federal Giuliani Probe Involves Counterintelligence Concerns

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2019

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David Correia, center, arrives with his lawyers at federal court, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in NY.

David Correia leaves the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse in Manhattan after his appearance on Wednesday.

"The two men are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia later on Thursday, The Wall Street Journal reported, while saying the exact nature of the charges remains unclear".

Giuliani's business dealings with the men are part of the federal investigation, according to people familiar with the matter. According to an indictment from the Southern District of NY, in 2018 the pair - who helped Giuliani look for dirt on the Bidens in Ukraine - obscured the source of a $325,000 donation made to the pro-Trump super-PAC America First, using a natural-gas company as a front to hide that the money actually came from "a private lending transaction between Fruman and third parties". Parnas and Fruman are accused of violating campaign finance laws by making donations to Sessions' campaign that exceeded federal limits. Rick Scott told the news media Monday that the former governor was donating money -- $5,400 his campaign received from Fruman and $15,000 that went from Fruman to the Rick Scott Victory Fund -- to Shriners Hospitals for Children. That effort was carried out at the request of at least one Ukrainian official, prosecutors said. Both he and Giuliani have denied committing misconduct. "Protecting the integrity of our elections-and protecting our elections from unlawful foreign influence-are core functions of our campaign finance laws", U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.

Prosecutors said Correia, who owns a home with his wife in West Palm Beach, was part of efforts by co-defendants Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman to leverage outsized political donations to Republican candidates and committees as part of an effort to advance their business interests.

Authorities said last week the investigation is ongoing.

Correia is not charged in the part of the case involving Sessions, but he has significant ties to the companies under scrutiny.

"We always have concerns when something like that happens, so we want to do our due diligence and look at them", said Lori Ajax, chief of the California Bureau of Cannabis Control.

The Associated Press reported last week that Sessions fits the description in the indictment of a congressman who prosecutors allege was part of a coordinated effort to remove the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

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