Republicans simply cannot keep their noses clean. No matter how hard they don’t try, they continue to get themselves into trouble they can’t get out of, and most of them are associated with President Trump. Two Russian men working closely with Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani were arrested and indicted Thursday morning at an airport, and according to those indictments, another Republican is in on it.
The Dallas Morning News reported:
Former Dallas Rep. Pete Sessions appears to play a key role in an indictment handed up Thursday over alleged campaign finance violations by two Soviet-born businessmen who helped President Donald Trump’s personal attorney investigate a top political rival.
The indictment doesn’t mention Sessions by name nor does it charge him with any crime.
And the identity of Congressman 1 is? What was the "campaign contribution commitment" made to that Congressman?
Asking for an entire country. https://t.co/9yRA07h3l9
— emigre80 (@emigre80) October 10, 2019
According to the Wall Street Journal:
“Two Soviet-born donors to a pro-Trump fundraising committee who helped Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to investigate Democrat Joe Biden were arrested late Wednesday on criminal charges of violating campaign finance rules, including funneling Russian money into President Trump’s campaign.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two Florida businessmen, have been under investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, and are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia later on Thursday, the people said. Both men were born.”
In 2018, "Parnas met with Congressman-1 and sought Congressman-1's assistance in causing the U.S. government to remove or recall the then-U.S. ambassadors to Ukraine." pic.twitter.com/70yQT28Dvg
— Matt Ford (@fordm) October 10, 2019
The Dallas Morning News Continues:
But it makes multiple references to donations and activities by a “Congressman-1” that align with what’s known about Sessions’ interactions with the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, through Federal Election Commission records and the Republican’s own words.
Sessions, who is seeking to revive his political career after last year losing his seat, wasn’t immediately available for comment on Thursday.
The indictment also appears to shed additional light on the relationship between Sessions and the businessmen by alleging that one of the men sought “Congressman-1’s assistance in causing the U.S. government to remove or recall the then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine.”
While Sessions has previously acknowledged that he met with businessmen and that he wrote in May 2018 to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to ask for that ambassador’s removal, he has not revealed who or what motivated him to take that action.