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Trump Says He 'Didn't Know' Giuliani Associates

'Now it's possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2019 7:18 AM CDT
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This combination of Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, photos provided by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office shows booking photos of Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman.   (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP)
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(Newser) – President Trump says he doesn't know two Rudy Giuliani associates arrested for campaign finance violations—although photos posted on social media show that he has definitely met Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas. The Florida businessmen also posted a picture of themselves having breakfast with Donald Trump Jr. last year. "I don't know those gentlemen," Trump said Thursday, per USA Today. He added: "Now it's possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody." Asked whether he thought Giuliani, his personal attorney, could also be indicted, the president said: "Well I hope not ... I don't know how he knows these people." More:

  • Giuliani isn't distancing himself. The two men, who were born in the former Soviet Union, helped Giuliani investigate Joe Biden in Ukraine. Giuliani told the Washington Post Thursday that the men helped him "find people." "I certainly am not going to disavow them," he said. "I have no reason to doubt them. Everything I’ve known about them says they would not commit a crime." Giuliani declined to confirm reports that he dined with the men at the Trump International Hotel in Washington hours before they were arrested Wednesday.

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