Two unofficial delegates who report directly to the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump have performed an astonishing back-channel campaign to degrade the president’s opponents and undermine the special counsel’s inquiry into Russian meddling with U.S. elections.
In an array of private meetings, Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, who have stirred hundreds of thousands of dollars into the campaigns of the Republican and dined with the President quite often have turned up information that could be possibly used to weaponize the 2020 presidential race.
The duo even gathered repeatedly with high-level executives and officials in Ukraine and set up meetings for Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
Fruman and Parnas urged prosecutors to delve in deeper and investigate allegations against Joe Biden, the frontrunner of the Democratic. They pushed for an inquiry into the accusations that officials of Ukraine plotted to manipulate the 2016 election in favour of Hillary Clinton by leaking evidence against Trump’s campaign chair, Paul Manafort.
The two men also waged a destructive campaign in the United States while staying in Washington, DC at the Trump International Hotel. They met with eminent members of Congress as they associated in a push that ultimately led to the removal of the ambassador of Ukraine after she allegedly angered their allies in Kiev.
Gradually these men – who both had a troubled financial history – rose to fame and gathered enough prominence in Republican circles. They were continuously meeting with party leaders while simultaneously injecting massive amounts of money into the top Republican committees and campaigns for dozens of candidates.
As they were carrying out campaigns and getting closer to the White House, they used their proximity to tout a business they created to sell natural gas in Ukraine, with pictures posted on Facebook showing President Trump posing with Parnas in the White House and the top House members on Capitol Hill.
The duo’s work proved to be influential. In March, prosecutors in Kiev announced they would investigate the matter and inquire about officials who were accused of trying to steer the 2016 election in favour of Clinton.