Arrested Giuliani associate attended Trump's invite-only 2016 election night party: report

Lev Parnas, a now-arrested associate of Trump lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Overnight Energy: Trump taps deputy energy secretary to replace Perry | Praises pick Dan Brouillette as 'total professional' | Perry denies quid pro quo over Ukraine Ex-Watergate prosecutor says evidence in impeachment inquiry 'clearly' points to Trump MORE, attended President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE's 2016 invite-only election night party according to a report from a French newspaper about the event. 


Trump is seeking to distance himself from Parnas and fellow arrested associate Igor Fruman, and told reporters Thursday "I don’t know those gentlemen." 

But Parnas described himself as a friend of Trump's who lived near his South Florida residence while speaking with France's Le Figaro newspaper, Politico reported.

Parnas reportedly said that a friend from his hometown of Boca Raton, Fla., had hosted fundraising events for Trump and that his daughter sang on Trump's behalf, although, according to Politico, it's not clear what specifically Parnas was referencing. 

“We are confident,” Parnas reportedly said. “America wants a change.”

The White House declined to comment on the report, directing The Hill instead to the Trump campaign. The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Parnas and Fruman were arrested Wednesday and have been accused of violating campaign finance laws in order to give money to Republican committees including a $325,000 contribution in 2018 to a pro-Trump super PAC called America First Action.

The pair also helped Giuliani with efforts to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenCNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview Yang cautions Democrats: Impeachment might not be 'successful' Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment MORE, although the charges appear to be unrelated to Giuliani's work in Ukraine.

Trump this week said he didn't know Fruman and Parnas. 

“I don’t know those gentlemen. Now, it’s possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody,” he told reporters. “I don’t know, maybe they were clients of Rudy’s. You’d have to ask Rudy.”

A picture of Trump  smiling with Giuliani, Fruman and Parnas has been published by various news outlets.