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Jewish Forward Explains: The Soviet Jews at the Center of Trump, Giuliani’s Ukraine Obsession

Yeah, these are a couple of characters you want lurking around the White House.

By PJ Grisar | 11 October 2019

FORWARD — Two Soviet-born, Florida-based men were indicted Thursday for suspicion of campaign finance violations, allegedly performed to benefit President Trump and his Republican allies and tied to a larger dirt-gathering campaign on his Democratic challenger Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter.

The men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, are known as Giuliani’s “Florida Fixers” by the Associated Press. They also have deep ties to the Jewish community and make regular trips to Israel. This summer, the two brought along short-term Trump Press Secretary Anthony Scaramucci and former Arkansas Governer Mike Huckabee, according to Jewish Insider. In March, the National Council of Young Israel awarded the pair during their annual gala – a decision which prompted the organization to reconsider its awards criteria when it was revealed the two were wanted for questioning before Congress last week. They also visited the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s grave with Giuliani.

Here’s a timeline:

1. October 2016 – May 2018 – The Money Starts Flowing

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are businessmen and Republican donors based in the Sunshine State. Parnas co-founded a business called “Fraud Guarantee,” Fruman owns a club called “Mafia Rave.” As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Parnas made his first political donation of around $100,000 to Trump and other Republicans two weeks before the 2016 election. In October, Robert Pereira, the host of an October fundraiser in Hillsboro, Fl., recalls Parnas introducing himself to Giuliani and Trump. Following this initial donation, the money kept coming, and the two donated around $1 million, reaching a notable peak in May of 2018. […]

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