President Donald Trump has had at least 10 encounters with Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the indicted associates of Rudy Giuliani the President has adamantly claimed not to know.
Prosecutors allege Parnas and his business partner Fruman illegally funded Republican politicians and campaigns with money from foreign nationals in attempts to buy influence. That pair are also said to have aided Giuliani, the President’s personal attorney, in efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden related to Ukraine.
Since their indictment, Trump has stated publicly that he doesn’t know Parnas and Fruman.
The interactions, of which many new details are being reported here for the first time, include VIP photos at campaign events, attendance at high-dollar fundraisers and a retreat. They also include a pre-inauguration gala for high-dollar donors, an intimate dinner with the President and photos at the White House Hanukkah dinner with the President, Vice President and Giuliani.
On seven of the occasions, Trump posed for photos with either Fruman or Parnas.
The details raise new questions about Parnas and Fruman, including how Parnas gained VIP access to inaugural events and how Fruman was able to take a picture with Trump before a 2016 event with no record of donating to the campaign.
Lawyers for both men either did not respond to CNN’s requests or declined to comment. Additionally, both the White House and the Trump campaign did not comment. Rudy Giuliani did not answer questions about his connections to the pair.
“I don’t know them,” Trump added. “I don’t know about them. I don’t know what they do but I don’t know, maybe they were clients of Rudy. You’d have to ask Rudy, I just don’t know.”
But a CNN KFile review of photos on social media – including of Parnas’ since removed Facebook, photos on his Instagram reported in October by the Wall Street Journal, and other photos and videos splashed across the Internet – paint a far more casual and familiar relationship than the President has let on.
Parnas and Fruman were arrested in October while they were attempting to leave the country. They were indicted on four counts, including conspiracy to violate the ban on foreign donations to federal and state elections, making false statements and falsifying records to the Federal Election Commission. They pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court last month to the charges. Parnas and Fruman were ordered to house confinement and were subject to GPS monitoring after they each secured a $1 million bond.
Two other associates of Parnas and Fruman, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin, also were indicted on a conspiracy charge. Correia and Kukushkin also have pleaded not guilty.
Here’s a full list of the interactions:
When: March 7, 2014
Where: Golf tournament at Trump National Doral, Miami, Florida
Who attended: Lev Parnas, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr.
Photos posted on social media and Getty Images, first reported by CNN and Politico, show Parnas met Trump at a fashion show hosted by Ivanka Trump for the luxury brand Carolina Herrera during a golf tournament. The event also was attended by Trump’s sons Eric and Donald Jr. and Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner, who is now a senior White House adviser. A White House spokesperson for Jared and Ivanka declined to comment on the event last month to CNN.
When: Oct. 23, 2015
Where: Trump campaign rally at Trump National Doral Miami, Florida
Who attended: Parnas, Trump
Photos from Parnas’ Instagram show he attended a rally held by Trump at Trump National Doral in Miami. The pictures show Parnas and his son posing with candidate Trump outside of the ballroom where Trump held his rally. Pictures show the pair had passes for the event. Parnas did not return a request for comment and his attorneys declined comment.
When: October 2016
Where: Fundraiser in the home of Robert Pereira in Hillsboro Beach, Florida
Who attended: Parnas, David Correia, Rudy Giuliani, Trump
In October 2016, Parnas and David Correia attended a fundraiser for Trump at the home of businessman Robert Pereira in Hillsboro Beach, Florida. CNN’s KFile matched photos from Parnas’ Instagram and Correia’s Facebook to a fundraiser held in the home of top Trump donor Robert Pereira. The photos from Parnas and Correia’s social media show them posing with Trump inside Pereira’s home. The Wall Street Journal reported that Rudy Giuliani