The latest on the Trump impeachment inquiry

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3:23 p.m. ET, October 10, 2019

WSJ: Rudy Giuliani had lunch with the two men hours before they tried to flee the country

President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani had lunch with two associates just hours before their arrests, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were detained at Dulles airport outside of Washington last night. They had recently purchased one-way tickets, according to a law enforcement source.

The two men were headed to Frankfurt, Germany to connect to another flight when they were arrested, according to a law enforcement source. 

The two men were charged today with federal campaign finance violations. They are currently in custody.

Parnas and Fruman are connected to efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Both men were booked into the Alexandria, Virginia jail late yesterday evening.

Reached earlier today and asked about his associates, Giuliani said, "I can't comment at this point."

3:05 p.m. ET, October 10, 2019

Rudy Giuliani's associates were headed to Frankfurt and had one-way tickets

Alexandria Sheriff's Office
Alexandria Sheriff's Office

The two associates of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani were headed to Frankfurt to connect to another flight when they were arrested, according to a law enforcement source. 

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman purchased their one-way tickets recently, the source said.

Both men were detained at Dulles airport outside of Washington last night.

Parnas and Fruman are connected to efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Both men were booked into the Alexandria, Virginia jail late yesterday evening.

2:29 p.m. ET, October 10, 2019

US attorney: "This investigation is about corrupt behavior, deliberate law-breaking"

US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference in New York on Oct. 10, 2019. 
US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference in New York on Oct. 10, 2019.  Seth Wenig/AP

US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announced the charges against two Rudy Giuliani-linked associates who are alleged to have committed federal campaign finance violations.

Berman said this afternoon that the two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, illegally funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in foreign money to a US political group identified in the indictment as "Committee-1."

"Parnas and Fruman contributed $325,000 to Committee-1. Now, this contribution was not made in their names. It was made in the name of a corporation that they set up, GEP, in order to hide that the true individuals behind the donation were Parnas and Fruman. The $325,000, one of the largest donations Committee-1 received ... in the indictment, we alleged that this was an illegal straw donor scheme," Berman said.

Berman went on to characterize the investigation as one about "corrupt behavior, deliberate law-breaking."

Some more context: Parnas and Fruman are connected to efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Both men were booked into the Alexandria, Virginia jail late Wednesday evening.

1:45 p.m. ET, October 10, 2019

Rudy Giuliani's associates were trying to leave the country when they were arrested

Two associates of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani were attempting to leave the country when they were detained at Dulles airport outside of Washington last night.

US prosecutors did not intend on unsealing the indictment against the Giuliani associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, according to two US officials. 

Their hand was forced when Parnas and Fruman attempted to leave the country, according to officials.

Some background: Parnas and Fruman are connected to efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Both men were booked into the Alexandria, Virginia jail late Wednesday evening and are expected in court in Virginia this afternoon.

1:21 p.m. ET, October 10, 2019

Lawyers who represented Paul Manafort are helping Giuliani associates at court appearance today

Tom Zehnle, who was with the defense team for Paul Manafort, leaves federal court in Washington, in August 2018.
Tom Zehnle, who was with the defense team for Paul Manafort, leaves federal court in Washington, in August 2018. Carolyn Kaster/AP

Defense attorneys who represented President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort are helping Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman today at their initial criminal appearance.

Defense attorney Tom Zehnle is in the courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, as is Kevin Downing.

Zehnle said he was just here to help out until Parnas and Fruman can get more lawyers.

Fruman and Parnas were detained at Dulles airport outside of Washington last night. Both associates are connected to efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Fruman and Parnas are associated with Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Downing declined to say anything in response to Parnas and Fruman’s indictment today, other than that the pair is still in detention.

Parnas and Fruman were also represented by John Dowd, former personal attorney to the President, in their dealings with Congress.

12:59 p.m. ET, October 10, 2019

One of the few remaining Democratic holdouts comes out in support of impeachment inquiry

 Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto/Getty Images
 Aurora Samperio/NurPhoto/Getty Images

Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, of New Mexico, is one of the last Democrats to publicly support the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Small published an op-ed in support of the investigation; which now leaves just six Democratic holdouts.

At least 229 House Democrats have now publicly stated their support for the impeachment inquiry into Trump, according to CNN's latest count.

"Earlier this week, the President and his administration made it clear to New Mexicans that they are not committed to finding the truth," the New Mexico Democrat wrote in her op-ed in the Las Cruces Sun-News.

The congresswoman added, "To be very clear, I have not reached judgment on the President's actions, nor on the appropriate response, but I need the facts to make these weighty decisions." 

The New Mexico Democrat is one of the House Democratic freshmen who flipped a congressional seat from red to blue in the 2018 midterm elections.

12:46 p.m. ET, October 10, 2019

House Democrats subpoena Rudy Giuliani's associates for documents

Three Democratic House Committee chairmen have now formally subpoenaed two associates of President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani associates who are connected to efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, and Rep. Eliot L. Engel wrote in a letter to Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman's legal counsel today that, in addition to turning over the documents they are requesting, the committees "expect your clients to appear to testify about these matters at a later date."

"The Committees are investigating the extent to which President Trump jeopardized national security by pressing Ukraine to interfere with our 2020 election and by withholding a White House meeting with the President of Ukraine and military assistance provided by Congress to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression, as well as any efforts to cover up these matters," the congressman wrote

CNN previously reported that attorney John Dowd, who represents Parnas and Fruman, had written to the committees saying their original request for documents were overly broad and more time was needed.

Now the committees have issued subpoenas for them to turn over material by Oct. 16.

Parnas and Fruman were arrested last night on federal campaign finance charges and are expected to appear in court this afternoon.

12:56 p.m. ET, October 10, 2019

Former Texas Rep. Pete Sessions was pushed by Giuliani associates to back effort to remove Ukraine ambassador

Rep. Pete Sessions speaks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Oxon Hill, Maryland in June 2017.
Rep. Pete Sessions speaks at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Oxon Hill, Maryland in June 2017. Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Two associates of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani pushed a GOP congressman to seek the ouster of the US ambassador to Ukraine at the same time as the associates were helping to bankroll the congressman's campaign, according to a federal indictment and campaign finance records.

The indictment of Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, which was unsealed today, shows how they discussed with former Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas to seek Marie Yovanovitch’s ouster. Both were later accused of lying to investigators about illegal campaign contributions they made to Sessions.

The indictment alleges that a "Congressman-1" had been the beneficiary of approximately $3 million in independent expenditures by "Committee-1.”

CNN has identified the committee as America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC. Global Energy Producers, a company created by Parnas and Fruman, donated $325,000 to the pro-Trump super PAC and are alleged to have concealed the true source of that money. The PAC said in a statement that they placed the money in a “segregated bank account” and have not used the funds. 

Parnas and Fruman met with Sessions at a pro-Trump super PAC event in 2018.

Sessions is not named in the indictment, nor is he charged with the crime.

“At and around the same time, Parnas and Fruman committed to raising those funds for Congressman-1. Parnas met with Congressman-1 and sought Congressman-1’s assistance in causing the U.S. Government to remove or recall the then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine,” the indictment states.

Sessions did not respond to phone calls and text messages seeking comment from CNN.

Some context: Fruman and Parnas were detained at Dulles airport outside of Washington last night and are expected to appear in court in Virginia on today. Both associates are connected to efforts to dig up dirt in Ukraine on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The case is being prosecuted by the Southern District of New York.

12:54 p.m. ET, October 10, 2019

Almost every House Democrat has said they support an impeachment inquiry

Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

At least 228 House Democrats have publicly stated their support for the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, according to CNN's latest count. There are 235 members of the Democratic caucus in total — leaving just 7 holdouts.

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a former Republican who has since become an independent, has also called for an impeachment investigation, bringing the total number of representatives to 229, or more than half of the 435-member chamber.

A simple majority of the House is needed to vote to impeach the President in order to send the process to the Senate.

Why this matters: With the White House stonewalling the impeachment inquiry and tensions growing, Republicans have called on Democrats to vote to formally open an impeachment investigation. While the Constitution specifies that the House must vote in order to impeach the President, it does not require that the House must vote to open an impeachment investigation.