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Ex-Giuliani Buddy Lev Parnas Convicted in Illegal Foreign Influence Operation

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Lev Parnas, the disgraced Republican donor and former Rudy Giuliani pal, was found guilty by a New York jury Friday of making illegal campaign donations intended to influence politicians, the Associated Press reported.

He was convicted on five counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of filing a false report with the Federal Election Commission. He could face up to five years in prison for each of the campaign finance charges and 20 years in prison for the false FEC report.

Parnas, one of the many characters in Giuliani’s quest to tie Joe Biden to Ukraine, had been on trial for two weeks over the illicit operation, which included donations made to Trump-aligned PACs on behalf of Russian donor Andrey Muraviev. The donations, made just before the 2018 election cycle, were part of an effort to launch a marijuana business.

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