Trump campaign supporter found guilty of violating campaign finance laws
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Trump campaign supporter found guilty of violating campaign finance laws

A federal district court in Manhattan has found Lev Parnas, a former associate of Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, guilty of six counts of US campaign finance law violations during the 2018 election.

Parnas was charged with two counts of conspiring to make donations from a foreign national and making false statements to the Federal Elections Commission. He was tried alongside co-defendant Andrey Kukushkin who was also found guilty of campaign finance law violations.

Parnas is alleged to have solicited around $156,000 in political donations from Andrey Muraviev, a Russian businessman. Parnas specifically donated to candidates in states where Muraviev was attempting to receive a legal cannabis license. He also admitted to making a $325,000 contribution to a super PAC that backed President Trump through a shell company.

Jury deliberations in the trial began on Friday morning and lasted about five hours before Parnas was found guilty on all six felony counts he faces. The judge indicated prior that the additional charges Parnas was facing would be handled separately.

Prosecutors asked US District Court Judge Paul Oetken to jail Parnas while he awaits sentencing. However, Oetken declined, stating that Parnas has shown he is not a flight risk and will show up to trial. “I do ultimately find that the defendants have sufficiently established that they’re not a risk of flight,” said Oetken. “They have complied with the terms of their pretrial release.”

Parnas faces up to 45 years in prison.