Two associates of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudi Giuliani have been arrested on campaign finance charges. On Thursday, Trump claimed that he does not know them even though he said that he might have been photographed with them at some point. On this, he was talking with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House as he said:
“I don’t know those gentlemen. Now it’s possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody. I don’t know them, I don’t know about them, I don’t know what they do. I don’t know, maybe they were clients of Rudy’s. You have to ask Rudy.’’
Several media outlets posted a photo of Trump photographed with his attorney and the two businessmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. Later on Thursday, Trump said that he might have been photographed with the two at a fundraiser.
A photograph of Trump smiling with Giuliani and the businessmen, Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, has been published by various news outlets. The two businessmen were arrested two days ago on charges that they conspired to illegally funnel foreign money to American politicians to by political influence.
Parnas and Frumas were also photographed with Trump’s oldest son Donald Trump Jr.
According to The Hill, Frumas and Parnas, who donated to a political action committee that supported Trump, were arrested at Dulles International Airport Wednesday before attempting to board an international flight with one-way tickets. They made an initial appearance in court on Thursday afternoon in Virginia. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said during a news conference on Thursday that the investigation is ongoing.
Trump was asked by reporters if he is concerned that his attorney may be involved in the situation, to which he replied that he hopes that is not the case, adding that he hadn’t spoken with him on the subject.
‘’I haven’t spoken to Rudy about it I will say this, from what I heard they said we have nothing to do with it,’’ Trump said.