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2 Giuliani Associates Arrested On Campaign Finance Violations

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Associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, pictured in May 2018, have been arrested on campaign finance charges. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, pictured in May 2018, have been arrested on campaign finance charges.

Carolyn Kaster/AP

Updated at 11 a.m. ET

Two associates of Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal attorney, have been arrested and charged with campaign finance violations.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were arrested at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan.

The two reportedly aided Giuliani’s efforts to have Ukraine launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. It is unclear if the charges are related to the Ukraine scandal.

An attorney for the two men did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Two other men, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin, were also indicted.

According to the indictment, Parnas was born in Ukraine and Fruman in Belarus. Both are now U.S. citizens. They are charged with making illegal campaign contributions through a limited liability corporation they formed to hide the true source of the funds.

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Jessie James Decker struts around in black bathing suit: ‘Just another day at the office’

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Jessie James Decker takes business casual very seriously.

The country singer posted a video of herself strutting down the street in a black bathing suit and a sun hat.

“Just another day at the office,” the mom-of-three wrote.

JESSIE JAMES DECKER FLAUNTS AMAZING BIKINI BODY IN TEENY-TINY SWIMSUIT

The singer-songwriter recently revealed she dropped more than 25 pounds since having her third child in March 2018 — a baby boy named Forrest.

The 31-year-old credited being a follower of the South Beach Diet to her incredible weight loss. “I never feel deprived on this program and I know I’m fueling my body with tons of good protein and veggies, which has always been key for me,” she revealed.

“I’ve regained my confidence and have the energy I need to maintain this crazy life of mine!” Decker added.

JESSIE JAMES DECKER ON BEING INTIMATE WITH HUSBAND ERIC: ‘HE’S RETIRED NOW, SO WE CAN BE SPONTANEOUS’

Decker and her former NFL star husband, Eric, wed in 2013 and, in 2014, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Vivianne Rose. Then, in 2015, she had the couple’s second child, a son named Eric II.

Decker has previously been open about losing the baby weight after giving birth, admitting to Fox News that feeling comfortable in her own skin again has been “tough.”

‘BACHELORETTE’ STAR SAYS SHE’S ‘NOT REALLY HOPEFUL’ FOR FRANCHISE’S FUTURE

“I feel like all women and mothers feel that way,” she told us in February. “You know they feel their best at a certain weight or they look a certain way, and it’s only natural to, after a baby, be like, ‘Ugh. I can’t fit into my jeans. This cute bump is gone now and I’m going to have to work at it to get to where I want it to be’ — it’s only natural to feel that way.

“I always try really hard to just tell myself: ‘Hey, you just grew a baby for nine months and now I have to feed this baby and breastfeed this baby,’ that should be my focus right now and not be so obsessed or focused on trying to look a certain way. There’s plenty of time for that,” she continued.

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“I’m not one of those women that’s going to drop the weight and look the way I did before three months-post. That’s just not the way my body works. It honestly takes me nine months. Nine months to grow ‘em and nine months to go back to the way that I was before.”

“So, I just think it’s patience,” she noted.

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South Carolina Sheriff Candidate: I Wore Blackface 10 Years Ago

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Craig Stivender, a Republican candidate for Colleton County sheriff in South Carolina, released a photo of himself in blackface in a recent campaign video. He says he was dressed as Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the Black Mafia family. “[If] I’m going to run on honesty and integrity, I’m willing to put out things bad about me,” he said. Craig Stivender for Colleton County sheriff hide caption

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Craig Stivender, a Republican candidate for Colleton County sheriff in South Carolina, released a photo of himself in blackface in a recent campaign video. He says he was dressed as Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his role in the Black Mafia family. “[If] I’m going to run on honesty and integrity, I’m willing to put out things bad about me,” he said.

Craig Stivender for Colleton County sheriff

The nearly four-minute campaign ad begins with scenery of a small town sheriff’s race in the South. A camouflage fishing boat winds down a picturesque waterway. The talk from a front porch rocking chair is of hunting, Christian values and guns.

Then, more than halfway through the video, Craig Stivender, a Republican candidate for sheriff in Colleton County, S.C., reveals a picture of himself in blackface with his arm around an African-American woman.

“To those of you who may be upset, I understand your disappointment,” he says in the video.

Stivender, who is currently a police officer in the rural community just west of Charleston, goes on to explain the photograph was taken at a Halloween party for law enforcement nearly a decade ago. He says he released the picture to begin his campaign with full transparency. The election is in November 2020.

“Basically if I’m going to run on honesty and integrity, I’m willing to put out things bad about me,” he said in a telephone interview.

Stivender says he was dressed as Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory who was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2008 for his role in the Black Mafia family, which the U.S. Department of Justice describes as a drug trafficking ring disguised as a record label.

“If I’m a police officer, the exact opposite would be a gang member,” said Stivender. “So that’s what I picked.”

In the video he says, “I did it to disparage a criminal whose actions hurt our community and country. That was a different time.”

Stivender insists there was no racial bias or motivation, adding if that was the case; he would not have attended the party with a black woman. He calls her a friend he’s known since sixth grade who he says did not question the blackface.

“To be honest with you, 10 years ago I had never heard of blackface,” he said. “I didn’t know it was a legitimate thing.”

He knows now.

“Today we understand that type of costume is troubling to many,” he says in the video.

Stivender has worked in law enforcement for 15 years. When asked what has changed in the past decade, he says it has become popular to look up blackface pictures in people’s pasts, especially politicians.

“If I dressed up in blackface today, it would definitely be an issue because we know today that people are very easily offended over things that were maybe not so much ten years ago.”

Stivender says the feedback he’s gotten from his Facebook video release has been 95 percent positive. But there are negative comments.

One viewer writes, “You acknowledge you wore blackface and never acknowledged that even if it wasn’t directly your intention, it was a racist display.”

Another person says, “Running a campaign on wearing blackface, failed marriages and failure to control your temper; good luck my guy.”

Stivender admits to other mistakes in his campaign video promising transparency, like losing his temper at work and getting a traffic ticket.

“I am an honest candidate. They are not going to be able to go back and find or dig up a bunch of dirt on me.”

He says the law enforcement Halloween party in question was held at the home of the current sheriff up for reelection. The picture, he adds, was posted on Facebook.

Stivender hopes whatever fallout from his admission will pass, so he can focus on what he calls the county’s problems of drugs, crime and school violence. Colleton County is home to 37,000 people. More than half are white. Nearly 40 percent are African-American.

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Trump Escalates Attacks On Fox News After Impeachment Poll

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In a series of tweets, Trump said the network’s pollsters “suck” and falsely claimed he has “NEVER had a good Fox News poll” — despite regularly tweeting about favorable Fox News polls.

He went on to attack network figures like legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, who last week called Trump’s July 25 call with Ukraine’s president, in which he asked the country to investigate 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden, “criminal and impeachable.” Trump also went after afternoon anchor Shep Smith, who frequently fact-checks Trump and points out the president’s penchant for lying.

They stand in sharp contrast to the hosts of the network’s flagship morning show “Fox & Friends,” evening hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, and weekend host Jeanine Pirro, who are more friendly toward Trump.

A representative for Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s tweets Thursday.

The poll was covered on Thursday’s episode of “Fox & Friends,” which the president regularly watches.

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‘South Park’ Character Says ‘F**k The Chinese Government’ After Ban

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“South Park” ramped up its jabs at China in Wednesday’s episode, having one of its characters profanely put the country on blast days after China essentially banned the long-running cartoon.

“Fuck the Chinese government!” Randy says, after his ex-business partner Towelie makes him realize that selling weed to the human rights-trampling nation is wrong. Towelie tries to make Randy promise, “no more kissing China’s ass,” but Randy offers a meek response. Then Towelie threatens to leave and finally convinces Randy to utter an even more powerful declaration.

Here’s a longer clip of the scene with audio.

The Comedy Central cartoon was essentially banned in China after last week’s episode threw shade at Chinese leaders. “Band in China” featured Stan being told not to mention the Dalai Lama, homosexuality or Winnie the Pooh so a movie about his metal rock band wouldn’t be censored by China’s government.

China essentially scrubbed all “South Park” episodes and clips online.

The show later issued a sarcastic apology, writing, “Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom and democracy.” The tweet also promoted “South Park’s” 300th episode on Wednesday.

The animated series has taken the NBA to task for kowtowing to Chinese rebukes of a Houston Rockets executive’s tweet supporting pro-Democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong. The league’s limp response has generated bipartisan criticism in the U.S. House and Senate.  

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Giuliani Associates Who Targeted Biden Arrested On Campaign Finance Charges

Two associates of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani are in law enforcement custody and have been indicted on federal campaign finance charges for allegedly making fraudulent straw donations and funneling foreign money to support Trump and Republican Party candidates.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who helped Giuliani investigate allegations against Joe Biden and his son Hunter, are accused of illegally funding American political campaigns. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the arrests, said that Parnas and Fruman had donated to Trump’s campaign as well as a pro-Trump super PAC.

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Reuters Staff / Reuters Rudy Giuliani has coffee with Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 20, 2019.

The charges emerged from the Southern District of New York, but a Justice Department spokesman said the duo would appear at the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, at 2 p.m., before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael S. Nachmanoff.

U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman said at a press conference Thursday that Parnas and Fruman both had one-way international tickets when they were arrested, and that the investigation is ongoing. Giuliani had lunch with the duo at the Trump International Hotel just hours before their scheduled flight, according to the Journal.

Separately on Thursday, House Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry into Trump issued subpoenas to Parnas and Fruman demanding documents related to their work with Giuliani. Before the two were arrested, House investigators had requested that Parnas appear for a deposition Thursday, and Fruman for one on Friday, but their counsel said Tuesday that they would decline.

The indictment alleges that Parnas and Fruman committed to raising more than $20,000 for a sitting U.S. congressman, and that 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. Ambassador to Ukraine.”

“Congressman-1” is former Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), who sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asking for Marie Yovanovitch to be removed as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine after his meeting with Parnas, according to the Texas Observer.

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Parnas and Fruman are alleged to have concocted a straw donation scheme to hide their political contributions and give in excess of the campaign contribution limits.

A $325,000 donation to the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action was made in the name of Global Energy Producers LLC, a shell corporation purporting to be engaged in the liquified natural gas business, according to the indictment.

Donations made to Republican Party candidates in Parnas’ name were actually funded by Fruman, prosecutors allege. It is illegal to make a campaign contribution in someone else’s name. These donations included maximum $2,700 contributions to Sessions and House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Prosecutors say the illegal foreign donations made through Parnas and Fruman went to “politicians and candidates for federal and state office.” The indictment refers to specific donations to two Nevada state Republican Party politicians. State campaign finance records show the only two Nevada candidates to receive such contributions were gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt and attorney general candidate Wes Duncan. The Nevada contributions were allegedly made as part of a failed attempt to secure licenses for a legal cannabis business venture.

The foreign donor ― who is only identified as Foreign National-1 and described as a “Russian citizen and businessman” ― allegedly wanted to remain anonymous due to “his Russian roots and current political paranoia about it.”

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Alexandria Sheriff’s Office Mug shots of Igor Fruman (L) and Lev Parnas.

The campaign finance allegations against Parnas and Fruman were first flagged to authorities by the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit campaign finance watchdog, in a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission in July 2018.

“The public is now learning just how dangerous dark money can be in U.S. elections, including the potential for illegal foreign funds, which DOJ says were used here,” Trevor Potter, Campaign Legal Center president and former counsel to Sen. John McCain, said in a statement. “The fact that these two individuals were working with Giuliani and Ukrainian government officials to alter U.S. policy in that country will obviously be relevant to the impeachment investigation.”

The indictment also names businessmen David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin as defendants.

All four defendants are U.S. citizens. Parnas and Kukushkin were born in Ukraine, while Fruman was born in Belarus.

Read the indictment below.

This story has been updated with comment from the Campaign Legal Center and additional information.

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2 Giuliani Associates Tied to Ukraine Scandal Arrested on Campaign Finance Charges

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WASHINGTON — Two associates of the president’s private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, who helped fund efforts to investigate one of President Trump’s political rivals, were charged in a separate case with violating campaign finance laws, according to court documents.

The two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, believed to be important witnesses in the House’s impeachment inquiry of Mr. Trump, were arrested on campaign finance charges. The arrests and charges were first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Two other men, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin, were also indicted.

Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman aided Mr. Giuliani’s efforts to gin up investigations in Ukraine into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden, among other potentially politically beneficial investigations for Mr. Trump. Mr. Parnas had been scheduled to participate in a deposition with House impeachment investigators on Capitol Hill on Thursday, and Mr. Fruman on Friday. Neither had been expected to show up voluntarily. House Democrats were preparing to issue subpoenas to force them to do so.

Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman were arrested and were expected to appear in court in Northern Virginia on Thursday, according to a spokesman in the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan.

The indictment said Mr. Parnas and Mr. Kukushkin are Ukrainian-born Americans, while Mr. Fruman was born in Belarus and became an American citizen. Mr. Correia is American-born. Mr. Correia was arrested Thursday in California and Mr. Kukushkin is still at large, according to a law enforcement official who was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman have acted as emissaries in Ukraine for Mr. Giuliani as he has sought to uncover information about, and encourage investigations into, Mr. Trump’s rivals, including Mr. Biden.

Mr. Parnas, who has known Mr. Giuliani for years, worked with Mr. Fruman to connect Mr. Giuliani to Ukrainian prosecutors who provided information to Mr. Giuliani, as The Times revealed in May.

Mr. Parnas and Mr. Fruman are based in South Florida, and are executives of an energy company that donated $325,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC last year, prompting a Federal Election Commission complaint by a nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog accusing the men and the company of violating campaign finance laws.

Last month, Mr. Giuliani sought to minimize the significance of the campaign finance inquiry into the two men.

“They had a campaign finance issue,” he said in an interview late last month. “I referred them to a campaign finance expert who pretty much resolved it.”

Their lawyer, John M. Dowd, who previously represented Mr. Trump against the special counsel’s inquiry, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the arrest.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Nicholas Fandos and Kenneth P. Vogel contributed reporting.

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Warner & Kaine Announce Federal Funding to Expand Food Access and Equity in Charlottesville

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Led by Charlottesville Food Justice Network, the Just Food for US (United Society) initiative aims to create an equitable food system through citizen-led urban agriculture, market development, youth leadership, and cross-sectorial action for local food policy. This grant will support a multifaceted effort to employ food insecure adults and youth as food justice leaders, increase racial equity practices in 30+ local food system organizations, and expand resident-led urban food production, distribution, and market participation at 16 urban sites for 50,000 lbs. of produce. The initiative will also develop food policy recommendations and help enact these changes.

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Police: Misinterpreted video game reference cleared theater

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Police interviewed witnesses and reviewed surveillance footage that showed a juvenile shouting, “Pennywise has sharpshooter activated!” during the movie “IT: Chapter Two.” The juvenile was referencing the clown antagonist of the “IT” franchise. It’s based on a 1986 novel by Stephen King. “Sharpshooter mode,” is a feature in some video games.

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McGrath raises nearly $11 million in third quarter for bid to unseat McConnell

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