Campaign finance trial against ex-Giuliani associate Parnas kicks off

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By Luc Cohen (Reuters) – Opening arguments are set to begin on Wednesday in the trial of Lev Parnas, a onetime associate of Donald Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani, on a charge of violating campaign finance laws. Prosecutors have said that Parnas concealed an illegal $325,000 donation to Trump’s unsuccessful 2020 presidential re-election bid. The Ukraine-born Parnas and his co-defendant, Andrey Kukushkin, are also charged with illegally using donations to U.S. politicians from a Russian businessman to obtain legal, recreational marijuana distribution licenses. Kukushkin and Parnas have plea…

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