Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian associate of President Donald Trump’s individual lawyer Rudy Giuliani, informed MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, in an unique interview airing Wednesday, that the president was mindful of and included with his actions linked to a pressure project in Ukraine at every action of the method.
Specifically, Parnas and Giuliani were important in Trump’s efforts to strong-arm Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into openly dedicating to investigations that would be advantageous to Trump’s reelection project.
Parnas and one of Giuliani’s other partners, Igor Fruman, were arrested and charged last year with breaking campaign-finance laws connected to their work for Giuliani.
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Parnas informed Maddow throughout his interview with her that Trump “knew precisely what was going on” and “was aware of all my motions” the entire time.
” I would not do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the president,” Parnas stated. “I imply they have no factor to talk to me. Why would President Zelenskiy’s inner circle, or Minister Avakov, or all these individuals, or President Poroshenko meet me? Who am I? They were informed to meet with me. Which’s the trick that they’re trying to keep. I was on the ground doing their work.”
One especially damning file Parnas turned over to Congress was a letter from Giuliani to Zelensky outdated May 10,2019 In it, the previous New York mayor told Zelensky, then Ukraine’s president-elect, that he wanted to meet in person on May 13 and May 14.
” Simply to be precise, I represent him as a civilian, not as President of the United States,” Giuliani composed. “This is rather typical under American law since the duties and advantages of a President and a private citizen are not the very same.”
One day before Giuliani composed the letter, The New York Times reported that he wanted to meet with Ukrainian authorities to discuss former Vice President Joe Biden and his boy, Hunter.
Trump and Giuliani’s efforts to push Ukraine into delivering dirt on the Bidens and Burisma make up the center of Congress’ impeachment procedures versus Trump, which charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
But Giuliani’s freshly exposed letter straight undercuts that as it specifies that he was acting in his capability as Trump’s personal lawyer; in other words, he was representing the president’s personal political interests, and not the nation’s interests.