Two business associates of Rudy Giuliani arrested on campaign-finance charges

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Two business associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani have been arrested on campaign finance charges, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with the matter.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman have been under investigation by the US Attorney's office in Manhattan and are expected to appear in federal court on Thursday, the report states.

Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman, pictured in May last year.

Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman, pictured in May last year.Credit:The Campaign Legal Centre

Parnas and Fruman were both summoned by House Democrats for depositions in the impeachment inquiry intro President Trump because they reportedly worked with Giuliani on matters involving Ukraine.

The men were not expected to voluntarily appear at the scheduled depositions on Thursday and Friday, according to the Miami Herald.

John Dowd, who represents Parnas and Fruman, also said in a recent letter that the men would also not respond to a request from investigators for documents by the requested deadline, calling the request "overly broad and unduly burdensome." Dowd said his clients would engage in a "rolling production of nonprivileged documents."

Parnas and Fruman are both businessmen from the former Soviet Union and now live in South Florida, according to the Herald.

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