1. SOUNDBITE (English) Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York:
"Today we unsealed an indictment charging Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman and two co-defendants for their alleged participation in schemes to violate the federal campaign finance laws by repeatedly using straw donors and foreign money. Parnas And Fruman were arrested around 6:00 p.m. last night at Dulles Airport as they were about to board an international flight with one way tickets."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York:
"As alleged in the indictment the defendants broke the law to gain political influence while avoiding disclosure of who was actually making the donations and where the money was coming from. They saw political influence not only to advance their own financial interests but to advance the political interests of at least one foreign official... a Ukrainian government official who sought the dismissal of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine."
3. Various, tight, board detailing alleged scheme
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York:
"Protecting the integrity of our elections and protecting our elections from unlawful foreign influence are core functions of our campaign finance laws. And as this office has made clear, we will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute those who engage in criminal conduct that draws into question the integrity of our political process."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) William F. Sweeney, Jr., FBI New York Field Office Assistant Director in Charge:
"These allegations are not about some technicality, a civil violation or an error on a form. This investigation is about corrupt behavior. Deliberate lawbreaking. The FBI takes the obligation to tackle corruption seriously. There are no exceptions to this rule. We gather evidence. We collect facts and we will act on them when appropriate."
In the first criminal charges related to the Ukraine controversy, prosecutors announce a campaign finance case against two businessmen tied to efforts by President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to prod Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan says two associates of Giuliani who are accused of trying to buy influence over U.S. policy on Ukraine were arrested while trying to leave the country.
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman told reporters Thursday that businessmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were about to board an international fight from Washington D.C. with one-way tickets when they were detained at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The pair and a third man are accused of trying using straw donors to hide the source of money they contributed a Congressman and a political action committee supporting Trump's re-election.
Berman says the men asked a U.S. congressman to help remove the American ambassador to Ukraine.
He says Parnas and Fruman were acting at the request of a Ukrainian government official.
Parnas and Fruman were arrested on a four-count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and falsification of records. The men had key roles in Giuliani's efforts to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
The charges, linked to a $325,000 donation to a political action committee supporting Trump's reelection, don't suggest wrongdoing by the president but probably will add fuel to the House impeachment inquiry.