Ex-Giuliani associate Parnas pleads not guilty as trial looms, politics weigh

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By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lev Parnas, who helped Donald Trump’s former lawyer Rudy Giuliani collect damaging information about Joe Biden before the Democrat won the 2020 presidential election, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a narrowed indictment alleging campaign finance and other crimes. A week before his scheduled trial, Parnas entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken in Manhattan, who signaled he will try to keep jurors focused without bias on the evidence, regardless of their views about Giuliani and Trump. The Ukraine-born Parnas has been charged with conce…

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