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tv   Justice Department News Briefing on Giuliani Associates  CSPAN  October 11, 2019 5:05am-5:13am EDT

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candidate steve bullock of montana speaks with the new hampshire institute of politics and the politics and eggs breakfast. the house will be in order. >> for 40 years c-span has been providing america unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events from washington, d.c. and around the world. created by cable in 1979, c-span is brought to you by your local cable or satellite provider. c-span, your unfiltered view of government. justice department officials delivered a statement on the arrest and indictment of two men widely reported to be associated with rudy giuliani. the two soviet-born defendants were charged with funneling foreign money into u.s.
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elections.the two men were arrested at dulles airport outside washington while trying to leave the u.s. >> good afternoon. berman.ff today we unseal the indictment fruman, andas igor two codefendants for violating campaign finance laws. fruman were arrested about 6:00 p.m. as they were about to board an international flight with one-way tickets.
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as alleged in the indictment the defendants broke the law to gain political influence while avoiding disclosure of who was actually making donations and where the money was coming from. they sought political influence not only to advance their own financial interests, but the political interests of at least one foreign official, a ukrainian government official who sought the dismissal of the ukraine.ssador to with respect to that last allegation let me take you through some of the money flow. contributedruman $325,000 to committee one. this contribution was not made in their name. it was made in the name of a corporation they set up in order to hide the true individuals behind the donation were parnas and fruman. the $325,000 is one of the largest donations committee one
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received. an illegalthis was straw donor scheme. in addition parnas and fruman made direct contributions to congressman one. these contributions, direct and promised, totaled over $25,000. moreover, committee one spent approximately $3 million to benefit congressman one. as a result parnas and fruman had several meetings with congressman one. , onhese meetings parnas behalf of the ukrainian government official, david congressman one to advocate for the removal of the then u.s. to ukraine. protecting the integrity of our ourtions, and protecting elections from unlawful foreign
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influence our core functions of our campaign finance laws. as this office has made clear, we will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute those who engage in criminal conduct that questions the integrity of our political process. i want to add that this investigation is continuing. i want to acknowledge and thank our wonderful -- who worked on prosecuting and investigating this case, and will continue to investigate this case. is rebecca, and someone ordinarily to her right could not be here today because she is in the eastern district of virginia helping with the presentment of parnas and fruman . right, they are marvelous co-chiefs of our wonderful corruption unit. i want to thank our partners in
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this case, and so many of our important cases, the new york office of the fbi, represented here today by sweeney. the specialnd, agent in charge of the new york field office is to his left. and to his left, the special agent in charge of public corruption at the fbi. i would like to invite to the podium my very good friend, bill sweeney, for any comments you would like to make. >> thanks. last night at washington dulles international airport the fbi lev parnas and igor fruman as they tried to leave the united states. kushkin was arrested shortly thereafter. not yet in ours
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custody. the american people expect an election that has not been corrupted by foreign interests and the public t deserves to know the true source of campaign finances. these allegations are not a technicality, civil violation, or error on a form. this investigation is about corrupt behavior. elaborate lawbreaking. the fbi tackles corruption seriously, there are no exceptions to this rule. we gather evidence, collect when, and will act on them appropriate. our investigation will continue. yourthanks to geoff and team. many thanks to our personnel in miami, san francisco, washington, d.c., and the team of agents and professionals who are quiet professionals and
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solid public servants here in the new york office. thank you. ♪ campaign 2020. watch our live coverage of the presidential candidates on the campaign trail and make up your own mind. campaign 2020 your unfiltered view of politics. c-span's "washington journal post quote live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. your reaction to president trump's handling of the impeachment inquiry. join the conversation all morning with your calls, texts, facebook comments, and tweets. watching c-span's "washington

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