When Rudy Giuliani’s business partners, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested Wednesday night at Dulles International Airport, they were each carrying a one-way ticket out of the country. It seems they had gotten wind of their impending apprehension, bound to face charges of campaign finance violations for disguising foreign money that was then delivered to the campaigns of Donald Trump and various other Republicans.
When someone makes what they call “straw donations” like that, there is one purpose: Selling access to the politician involved. In the case of smuggling funds for European friends, it means that someone would like to meet and perhaps discuss business with the person their money is going to.
When Parnas and Fruman were arrested, the President made short work of declaring that he had no idea who they were, and even covered his ass by saying that he might be in pictures with them; “I’m in pictures with everyone.” But Trump made abundantly clear right on the White House lawn: “I don’t know those gentlemen. Maybe they were clients of Rudy. You’d have to ask Rudy.”
Of course, the fact that he even brought up that he “might” be in photos meant he knew he WAS in photos with them, and literally no one who has taken a breath of oxygen in America since January 2017 believed him, any more than we believed he hadn’t paid off a porn star and a Playboy Playmate for illicit sex (he did, and lied about it until we saw the actual checks signed by him).
But could they have been casual meeting photos? After all, the pics circulating the internet of Rudy and even Don Jr. with these two criminals are one thing. But Trump himself may have been able to keep himself out of the fray, other than the pictures of him with them at a big fundraiser, where he could have known or not known them personally. Right?
Politico just broke the news that a photo of Trump with Parnas surfaced on social media much earlier than any of the rest of the photos we’ve seen over the course of the week since they were arrested, and it’s a little closer than casual.
That picture is from the Facebook account of an unrelated person who also knew Parnas (pictured here obviously on the right). Casual? Not hardly.
That’s from weeks earlier than the photo was posted — which means that this unrelated person whose Facebook account has the posts knew all about the fact that Parnas and Trump were friends, or at least connected enough that Parnas could introduce him to “The Donald.”
So how much longer will we have to endure Trump lying about knowing the people involved in the criminal campaign finance case that his personal lawyer is being investigated for?
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