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Igor Fruman at a federal court in New York City in October 2019. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

A former associate of Rudy Giuliani pleaded guilty to soliciting campaign contributions from a foreign national on Friday, almost two years after being charged with campaign finance violations, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Igor Fruman's plea may put pressure on Giuliani, who is the subject of an ongoing federal criminal investigation into his dealing in Ukraine, which Furman assisted with.

Fruman and Lev Parnas, two foreign-born Trump donors, helped Giuliani investigate then-former Vice President Joe Biden and his son before the 2020 election by introducing the former New York City mayor to Ukrainian officials promoting unsubstantiated corruption accusations against the Bidens.

  • They were both charged with multiple crimes and arrested in October 2019, and Fruman previously pleaded not guilty to all charges.
  • The guilty plea Friday related to soliciting campaign contributions from a foreign national as part of a bid to get recreational marijuana business licenses for a cannabis venture that ultimately failed, according to CNBC.
  • As part of his plea, prosecutors agreed to drop the other charges. He did not agree to cooperate with any other ongoing investigations.

The big picture: Giuliani, Donald Trump's former lawyer, is specifically being investigated by by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to determine if he broke lobbying laws in his dealings in Ukraine.

  • He has not been charged with a crime and has said that he did nothing wrong while investigating claims against the Bidens in Ukraine.

Go deeper: Court rules Rudy Giuliani cannot practice law in D.C.

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More Capitol rioters plead guilty, including man who threatened to shoot Pelosi

Photos: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg and Drew Angerer via Getty Images

Seven people pleaded guilty to charges related to the Capitol insurrection this week, including an armed man who threatened to shoot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Why it matters: Over 600 known federal defendants face charges in connection to the deadly riots. About 10% have pleaded guilty, according to CNN.

U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.

Biden to Dems: This is my make-or-break moment

President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after addressing the House Democratic caucus on Thursday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden told the House Democratic caucus Thursday "my presidency will be determined" by the votes he wants in the next week on his $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion and $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

Driving the news: Biden made the comment, according to a source in the room, as he tried to rally support for the $1.75 trillion package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acted immediately, calling for a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill later in the day.