Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman are Florida-based executives of an energy company. Parnas, 47, a former stockbroker, was born in Ukraine and is a naturalized US citizen. Fruman was born in Belarus and is also a naturalized US citizen. Parnas has told The Washington Post that Giuliani, Trump’s outspoken, combative lawyer, is a ‘‘very good friend’’ but their relationship is not longstanding. Parnas said he got to know Giuliani while fund-raising for Trump’s 2016 campaign. ‘‘The relationship bonded and built over time. We’re just very close,’’ he said. In May, Giuliani tweeted that Parnas and Fruman were his ‘‘clients.” He recently said they had sought his advice on a business venture. What did they do for Giuliani in Ukraine? Parnas and Fruman have acted as emissaries in Ukraine for Giuliani. They helped him in his efforts to dig up information about, and encourage investigations into, Trump’s political rivals, including Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Parnas worked with Fruman to connect Giuliani to Ukrainian prosecutors who provided information to Giuliani, The New York Times has reported. The Associated Press reported last week that Parnas and Fruman helped arrange a January meeting in New York between Ukraine’s former top prosecutor,… Read full this story
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