Former GOP Lawmaker: Giuliani's Associates Were 'Frequent Guests At Mar-A-Lago'
Former Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) said during an interview this week that Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman — the two associates of Rudy Giuliani arrested on Wednesday — were regular guests at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
RawStory reported that Curbelo told MSNBC’s Ari Melber on Thursday that he met the men while they were lobbying lawmakers on cannabis policy.
“So Ari, these gentlemen were up on the Hill in the spring of last year and they were lobbying on cannabis policy, were trying to build relationships with members, and they came to my office,” Curbelo said. “They stood out a little bit. They had an air of flamboyance to them, but I had no reason to believe that they were up to anything nefarious. They didn’t give any clues as to any of this that we’re now discovering.”
He continued: “However, they did make it a point to say a few times that they had very good relationships with the White House, that they were frequent guests at Mar-a-Lago, and -—”.
“Did they mention Giuliani?” Melber interjected.
The former lawmaker replied that the men did mention they had “a close friendship” with the president’s personal attorney.
He also said he believes the duo will cooperate with federal prosecutors in the case, which involves their alleged violation of campaign finance laws.
“If I had to guess, after having interacted briefly with these gentlemen for some time, I think that they’re going to want to cooperate as much as possible,” Curbelo said. “To protect themselves.”