Screenshot: MSNBC / The Rachel Maddow Show
Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani employee who allegedly tried to put pressure on the Ukrainian government to dig up the muck around former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, said President Trump was there from the start.
In an astonishing step, Parnas decided to tell everything during a Rachel Maddow interview that aired on MSNBC Wednesday night. He said Trump’s concerns about Ukraine have never been corrupted, as the President often emphasized. It was all about undermining the Bidens, and Parnas wanted to help the President achieve his goal.
“President Trump knew exactly what was going on, he was aware of my movements,” said Parnas. “Without the approval of Rudy Giuliani or the President, I wouldn’t do anything. I have no intention, no reason to speak to one of these officials, they have no reason to speak to me.”
He continued: “Why should the inner circle of President Zelenskiy or Minister Avakov or all these people or [former] President Poroshenko meet with me? Who am I? They were told to meet with me. And that’s the secret they’re trying to keep. I was there and did my job. “
Parnas also said that the Trump administration has threatened to detain not only military aid, but all relief items from Ukraine, unless the government has announced that it will launch an investigation into Hunter Biden, who ran from 2014 to 2019 in the Board member of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma sat.
Parnas also involved Vice President Pence, Attorney General William Barr, and even Congressman Devin Nunes.
He claims that Pence was well aware of the so-called “consideration” and that Pence’s originally planned trip to Ukraine to attend Zelensky’s inauguration in May 2019 was suddenly discarded because Ukraine was unwilling to investigate the Bidens. Regarding Barr, Parnas said it was “impossible” that Barr knew nothing about the Ukrainian system and that Giuliani was “absolutely” in touch with him about a possible biden investigation. And Nunes: Parnas said that he had met Nunes several times and was later introduced to Nunes adjutant Derek Harvey, who was already informed about the work of Parnas and Giuliani in Ukraine. This made Nunes’ presence as a lead investigator in the ordeal all the more annoying for the House Intelligence Committee, Parnas said.
“I was shocked when I watched the hearings and when I saw Devin Nunes sitting up there and there was a picture of Derek Harvey sitting back there. I texted my lawyer and said I can’t I think that happens, ”said Parnas.
The impeachment proceedings against Trump revolve around this alleged attempt to get Ukraine to fulfill Trump’s offer. The house officially submitted the articles to the Senate on Wednesday evening after a series of new documents provided by Parnas had been published.
Of course, the Trump administration denies the guilt. On Thursday morning, White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: “These allegations are being made by a man who is currently on bail for federal crimes and is desperately trying to reduce his prison risk. The facts have not changed – the president has done nothing wrong and this charge, which was brought and carried out by the Democrats, was a delusion from the start. “
Parnas was indicted in autumn 2019 for violating campaign funding.
When asked if Parnas lied, Giulini said: “I can only tell the truth. It is a very sad situation. “
Meanwhile, Parnas gets the drama going: He promises to publish a photo of himself with President Trump every time Trump continues to insist that he doesn’t know him.
“I welcome him to say that more,” said Parnas during an interview Thursday morning, CNN’s new day. “Every time he says I’ll show him a different picture. He’s lying.”
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