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Florida governor: Giuliani fixer sought role in transition

October 22, 2019
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CORRECTS SPELLING TO FRUMAN, NOT FURMAN FILE- In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, right, answers questions from reporters, with his wife Casey, after being declared the winner of the Florida gubernatorial race at an election party, in Orlando, Fla. Standing behind Casey DeSantis is Lev Parnas. Parnas and his associate Igor Fruman are facing federal charges in connection to efforts by President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
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CORRECTS SPELLING TO FRUMAN, NOT FURMAN FILE- In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, right, answers questions from reporters, with his wife Casey, after being declared the winner of the Florida gubernatorial race at an election party, in Orlando, Fla. Standing behind Casey DeSantis is Lev Parnas. Parnas and his associate Igor Fruman are facing federal charges in connection to efforts by President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says a businessman tied to President Donald Trump’s lawyer and now facing criminal charges sought a role on his transition team.

DeSantis said Tuesday that Lev Parnas asked to be part of the transition team making public safety recommendations. DeSantis said, “That request was denied.”

DeSantis said Parnas had no involvement with policy decisions. When asked if he ever met with Parnas after taking office in January, DeSantis said he had nothing more to add.

Parnas and Igor Fruman are charged with campaign finance violations. DeSantis earlier this month directed an affiliated political action committee to return $50,000 the men donated through a company.

The men played key roles in Rudy Giuliani’s efforts to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Joe Biden and his son Hunter.