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According to US media reports, the two entrepreneurs contributed to Donald Trump's campaign (pictured) for 2020 and participated in a dinner at the White House in mid-2018. REUTERS / Leah Millis

In Washington, another rebound in the Ukrainian affair, the cause of a dismissal procedure launched by the Democratic opposition against President Donald Trump: two businessmen close to the president's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, have were arrested at the Washington airport as they were leaving the country. They are believed to have served as emissaries to Rudy Giuliani in his efforts to convince Ukraine to release compromising information about Joe Biden, Donald Trump's possible opponent in the 2020 presidential election.

Their photo is on the front page of several newspapers this morning, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, are two American citizens born respectively in Ukraine and Belarus. Under investigation by a federal prosecutor in New York, they were arrested at the Washington airport. The two businessmen had a one-way ticket to Vienna, the media reports.

According to The Atlantic , Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani was also scheduled to visit the Austrian capital. For now, we do not know the purpose of these trips. American justice - in any case - suspects Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman of violating laws on campaign financing.


They are accused of having hidden the origin of the funds granted to several Republican candidates as well as to Donald Trump. Some of the money came from Russia, according to the indictment. The president says he does not know them when they attended a dinner at the White House last year, according to the US press.

Democrats are also interested in Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, but in another case, namely the investigation into the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. They want to hear from them to learn more about the role they played with Rudy Giulani. Donald Trump's lawyer is at the center of the Ukrainian affair , and he has worked with the Kiev authorities to provide compromising information on the Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

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