Businessman David Correia exits the United States Courthouse in new york, October 16, 2019.
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two men accused of an illegal political fund scheme with two partners of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court in New York.
At the arraignment of the guys, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin, national prosecutor Nicolas Roos stated, “I think it’s fair to characterize the government’s investigation as ongoing” when the judge asked Roos if he anticipated a superseding indictment to be filed in the case.
Considering that the case was shown last week, multiple reports have stated the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is exploring Giuliani’s relationship with the two other defendants in the case — his clients and partners Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas.
Fruman and Parnas didn’t look at Thursday’s arraignment. They’re expected to be arraigned in New York next Wednesday.
The two Fruman and Parnas have been assisting Giuliani to attempt to uncover details about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s relationship with a Ukraine natural gas firm.
Before they had been criminally charged, Fruman and Parnas were subpoenaed by the House of Representatives for testimony and documents related to the House’s impeachment question of Trump.
Trump faces possible impeachment for pressuring Ukraine to research Biden while he had been withholding military aid to the Ukraine.
Afer Thursday’s hearing, Kukushkin was released on bond of $100,000 money, and extra safety from $900,000 worth of property.
Another suspect, Correia, formerly been released on bond for $250,000.
Kukushkin and Correia are accused of using money from a Russian federal to influence politicians in their attempt to establish a recreational marijuana business in Nevada. It’s illegal for foreigners to donate to U.S. politicians.
Fruman and Parnas, who were detained last week in Dulles International Airport with one-way tickets to Europe, are also accused of the alleged plot linked to the marijuana industry.
Fruman and Parnas, who are partners and customers of Giuliani, also are accused of funneling illegal foreign contributions to some pro-Trump political action committee and to some member of Congress considered to be former Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, and of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that a federal grand jury in New York issued a subpoena to Sessions seeking records and other information on his dealings with Giuliani and to Fruman and Parnas.
Fruman was freed on Wednesday night on bail. Parnas remains in custody, not able to fulfill his bail conditions.