NRCC will donate money it received from Giuliani associate
The National Republican Congressional Campaign (NRCC) said Thursday that it would donate campaign contributions received from an associate of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSunday shows preview: Protests against George Floyd’s death, police brutality rock the nation for a second week Piers Morgan, Rudy Giuliani in furious debate over Trump: ‘You sound completely barking mad’ Rudy Giuliani calls on Cuomo to remove Bill de Blasio MORE’s after the man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of committing campaign finance violations.
In a statement to The Hill, a NRCC spokesman confirmed that the House Republicans’ campaign arm would donate $3,300 it received from Lev Parnas, one of two Ukrainian-born men who worked with Giuliani on his efforts to discredit former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE.
Parnas, who was arrested alongside another Giuliani associate attempting to leave the country Wednesday night, is accused alongside Igor Fruman of illegally funneling thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to Trump-aligned organizations, including a $325,000 contribution to America First Action.
According to an indictment, the two men are accused of creating a face company, Global Energy Solutions, to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars to various candidates and organizations.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE attempted to distance himself from the two men on Thursday, claiming to not know them despite appearing in a picture with the two men and Giuliani taken at a fundraiser.
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“I don’t know those gentleman. Now, it’s possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody,” he said.
“I don’t know them, I don’t know about them, I don’t know what they do,” Trump added. “I don’t know, maybe they were clients of Rudy’s. You’d have to ask Rudy.”
Max Greenwood contributed to this report.