Former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) is expected be called to testify in the trial of Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiLev Parnas found guilty of breaking campaign finance laws Giuliani associate Lev Parnas won't testify at trial Four Seasons Total Landscaping comes full circle with MSNBC special MORE.
In a court document on Wednesday, prosecutors said that Laxalt will testify that he was deceived into accepting a $10,000 donation for his failed bid to run for Nevada governor in 2018.
The expected testimony was first reported by Politico.
According to the court record, Laxalt is expected to testify that he met Parnas and two other men — Igor Fruman and Andrey Kukushkin — during his gubernatorial bid. Parnas promised to support Laxalt’s campaign, which eventually resulted in a $10,000 donation from Fruman.
The former Nevada attorney general is further expected to say that he believed Fruman to be the true donor, and would not have accepted the donation otherwise.
Parnas and Fruman were charged in October 2019 on accusations that they directed foreign money to U.S. campaigns. They were later charged for soliciting foreign nationals to make campaign contributions.
Fruman pleaded guilty to a single charge of soliciting an illegal campaign contribution earlier this month and is expected to be sentenced on Jan. 21. Parnas is expected to go on trial next month.
Laxalt, who served as attorney general from 2015 to 2019, unveiled his campaign to unseat Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoSenate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents Nevada becomes early Senate battleground Harry Reid calls on Democrats to plow forward on immigration MORE (D) in mid-August. In 2020, he served as the Nevada manager for former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE’s re-election.
Prosecutors revealed that Parnas’s defense may make things more political in order to disprove his testimony.
For instance, prosecutors said that Parnas may cross-examine Laxalt on “political positions that Laxalt has publicly adopted” to suggest that Laxalt is not credible, though it was unclear exactly what this was referring to.
However, prosecutors said such a move would “confuse the issues, distract the jury, and be unnecessarily inflammatory.”