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Though Mr. Parnas played a key role in the events that led to the former president’s impeachment, the charges he faces involve accusations of campaign finance violations.

Prosecutors say Lev Parnas, center, attempted to buy favor from politicians using money from foreign sources. 
Prosecutors say Lev Parnas, center, attempted to buy favor from politicians using money from foreign sources.  Credit... Jefferson Siegel for The New York Times

Published Oct. 12, 2021 Updated Nov. 3, 2021

For Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian American businessman living in Florida, 2018 was a busy year.

Sometime around March, he began showing up at Republican fund-raisers. Then, in late April, he dined on cheeseburgers and wedge salads with President Donald J. Trump.

By May, a fledgling energy company that Mr. Parnas started with a partner, Igor Fruman, was listed as giving $325,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC. Soon, Mr. Parnas was assisting President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, as he oversaw a shadow diplomacy campaign to investigate Joseph R. Biden Jr., then a leading Democratic presidential candidate.