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)

Photos show Rudy Giuliani's fixers with Florida governor

October 15, 2019 - 2:38 pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida businessmen who are tied to President Donald Trump's lawyer and now face federal criminal charges were photographed with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Photographs taken by a photographer on assignment for The Associated Press show Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman at DeSantis' election party in Orlando last November.

One image shows Parnas and Fruman waiting to shake DeSantis' hand. Another shows Parnas standing behind first lady Casey DeSantis as the governor-to-be talks to reporters.

After the men were charged with campaign finance violations, DeSantis directed an affiliated political action committee to return $50,000 the men donated through a company.

Parnas and Fruman played key roles in Rudy Giuliani's efforts to launch a Ukrainian corruption investigation against Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

In an email, DeSantis spokeswoman Helen Ferre said Tuesday that the election party was open to the public. Ferre said the governor hasn't spoken to or met one-on-one with either man since taking office.

She said DeSantis, before taking office, had spoken a few times with Parnas,who attended many Republican campaign events last year.