Lev Parnas says his view of his and Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine was that “it was all about 2020, to make sure [Trump] had another four years.” “That’s the way everybody viewed it,” Parnas says. 'There was no other reason for doing it.'
Lev Parnas , Rudy Giuliani’s former business associate, said on CNN Thursday night that his view of his and Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine was that “it was all about 2020.'has insisted that he's"extremely comfortable" that there was no quid pro quo, saying he had only been focused on addressing corruption in Ukraine and encouraging American companies to do business there. He said that, at the time, he encouraged the president to call Zelenskiy"multiple times" during a press conference in Lithuania, but said that he never encouraged Trump to talk about the Biden family. "Not once, as God as my witness, not once was a Biden name -- not the former vice president, not his son -- ever mentioned," Perry said in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network in October. Parnas, during Thursday's CNN interview, also stressed that he would be “very willing” to testify at the Senate impeachment trial and that he would be the “best witness.” "I should be their No. 1 witness, because I'm the one that got all the dirt," Parnas said."Why do they need Biden? Call me." When asked why he hasn't been asked to testify, Parnas said,"I think they're afraid of me." In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Andrew Harnik/AP, File During both the CNN and MSNBC interviews, Parnas detailed a specific conversation he said he had with the president about then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Parnas said he recalled sitting with Trump at a super PAC dinner and saying something negative about Yovanovitch to Trump, saying that prompted Trump to immediately turn to an adviser and say,"fire her.” Parnas said Pompeo and then-National Security Adviser John Bolton refused to fire Yovanovitch despite being repeatedly pushed by the president. Parnas said he thought it was becoming “comical.” In an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Friday morning, Pompeo said he hadn't heard about a purported surveillance of Yovanovitch that came to public attention after a series of messages released by House committees showed Parnas and his associate Robert Hyde discussing security details of the former ambassador. "Until this story broke, I had, to the best of my recollection, had never heard of this at all," Pompeo said asked if he was aware of the surveillance. Also asked if he knew Parnas, Pompeo said,"Never met him." In another interview with radio host Tony Katz, Pompeo said the State Department will look into the alleged surveillance on Yovanovitch. "We will do everything we need to do to evaluate whether there was something that took place there," Pompeo said."I suspect that much of what’s been reported will ultimately prove wrong, but our obligation, my obligation as Secretary of State, is to make sure that we evaluate, investigate." Parnas’ interview appearances have touched off a new round of debate among lawmakers over the need for witnesses at the impeachment trial. Democrats argue that Parnas' first-hand account would be important testimony, while Republicans have remained largely unmoved. During his first appearance with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Parnas said he believes"President Trump knew exactly what was going on" with Parnas' activities in Ukraine, including his efforts to have Yovanovich removed from her post as the top U.S. diplomat in Kyiv. "[President Trump] was aware of all of my movements," Parnas said."I wouldn’t do anything without the help of Rudy Giuliani or the president." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers questions on stage during an event at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Jan. 13, 2020. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo answers questions on stage during an event at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Jan. 13, 2020. Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty Images Pressed on the president’s insistence that he does not know him, Parnas said,"He lied." Reactions to Parnas’ claims differed sharply. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, in a statement Thursday morning, attacked Parnas' credibility and dismissed his claims by insisting the president did nothing wrong. "These allegations are being made by a man who is currently out on bail for federal crimes and is desperate to reduce his exposure to prison," Grisham said in the statement."The facts haven’t changed -- the President did nothing wrong and this impeachment, which was manufactured and carried out by the Democrats, has been a sham from the start." Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, however, said that Parnas’ claims raised “lots of serious questions,” and Sen. Chris Murphy said Parnas’ statements “fit neatly into what we’ve already heard.” Separate from the House impeachment probe, Parnas last year was charged in the Southern District of New York with circumventing campaign finance laws to channel foreign money into Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. He has pleaded not guilty. Read more: ABC News
Another disgruntled. Let’s see the research into his background. Don’t have it? Hire me as an analyst I haven’t been bought. It was all about Trump & his bid for another term. Have you people read the letter Giuliani wrote? Giuliani summed it up in it. He was representing PRIVATE CITIZEN Donald J. Trump not President Donald J. Trump. Trump is a GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL not a PRIVATE CITIZEN.
If this is what the Democrats got, it ain’t much. He’s not very credible. We believe Parnas because? 😂😂😂 He’s a liar! Don’t believe anyone when prison is involved Criminal says what? More truths from guy up for fraud- Avinatti, Cohen,Daniels- The media loves them. Apparently nothing was learned from the media love fest of Michael Avenatti. What a joke.
Except for the PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE and HIS UNDERLINGS. Smh. This impeachment sham is so pathetic i actually kinda feel bad for these crazy dems. They have lost it...they have such depression from Trump winning in 2016 that they think of nothing else but trying to take him down.
Lev Parnas, Key Player in Ukraine Affair, Completes Break With Trump and GiulianiBreaking News: Lev Parnas , a key player in the Ukraine pressure campaign, said that President Trump was fully aware of efforts to find damaging information on his rivals He said a WHOOOOOOOLE LOT MORE than that! “Everyone was in the loop” and are now under a bus! “Rudy Giuliani? Never heard of her....” says Donald Trump FYI- Schiff and company met with Parnas months ago... Another whistleblower set-up? Let's have witnesses?
LeslieMarshall As long as Parnas lips are moving he is lying. More opinion, no actual fact or proof The president's unconditional friends 😏 If this was real this would have come out two months ago. This boy is as believable at Michael Cohen and Michael Avenati. He will soon join them in the slammer. Of course he's saying what the Dems want to hear. That's how the game works yet he can't offer anything solid to prove anything he says. If he had the Dems would be airing it every 5 minutes to take Trump down. More hype they will finally get Trump just to prove he's right again.
At least he didn’t let 4 Americans die from a terrorist attack in Benghazi because his re-election campaign was claiming he had crushed the terrorists and it might hurt his chance at re-election. Ukraine and Biden family were neck deep in corruption. ABC get your act together Why should we care about “his view”? How about real facts?
In which LindseyGrahamSC Is also complicit he must recuse himself
Lev Parnas implicates Trump on the eve of Senate impeachment trial Lev Parnas , a key player in President Trump’s efforts to obtain a Ukrainian investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, gave a bombshell interview to MSNBC Wednesday that undercut the president’s defense just hours before the Senate was scheduled to begin his impeachment trial
President Biden sounds very good It was Joe Biden selling his office, anyone with half a brain can see that. This is a felon trying to make a deal. ABC Dem-Liberal hate propaganda will not tell you that. FACT 2016 was a trial run. 2020 IS THE REAL DEAL. This sleeve bag will do and say anything not to do jail time. Rat fink
Lev 'Blassey Ford' Parnas And your agenda is to save your A$$. Tyrant Trump can just declare Martial Law (LOL,LOL) if he wants another four years. another dem backed liar. msm loves him
Lev Parnas says he watched Trump fire the US ambassador to Ukraine Lev Parnas , an associate of Rudy Giuliani, says he saw President Trump order the US ambassador to Ukraine be ousted. The firing became part of the House impeachment inquiry. The truth is the Ambassador is corrupt. Trump is a course from God, a pay back to Americans who destroy so many countries and their citizens. So what? That’s all you got 😂😂😂
Trump does not have to 'make sure' he's got another four more. He's got it! His leadership has been phenomenal. Ok So you found your 2020 Avenatti Are you gonna run him for President too Yeah, sure it was. More 'thoughts and feelings' but still no actual evidence. Even Jake trapper says this guy is not believable
And this is no other reason to think otherwise. But the GOP has become Trump's great facilitator party. Wow, the timing is just spot on ay?
Lev Parnas: 'President Trump knew exactly what was going on.' Lev Parnas , an associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, talks with Rachel Maddow in an exclusive interview about the extent of Donald Trump's knowledge of the work he was doing to manipulate the president of Ukraine to help Trump smear political rival Joe Biden. maddow antonioguterres maddow Dreamdefenders maddow Just keep trying to confuse Americans that Trump did something wrong. That's all this is.
If the Senate chooses not to have witnesses, then what's the point? No witnesses proves that this is the most corrupt politicians ever in the White House. Shame on you! realDonaldTrump says he doesn't know Parnas . I believe ParnasInterview . Does it ever occur to you that testimony received is exactly the same as Democrat talking points?
Trump has it in the bag now democrats done lost their marbles Indicted felon . Who is being prosecuted for falsifying documents. Do we have ant honest journalism left. TDS has killed any common sense Lev Parnas has a credibility problem......... Liberal media pushing Altleft propaganda. Shameless WOW FAKE NEWS STAGED ALL THIS JUST LIKE THE FAKE RUSSIA HOAX!!!! ALL FAILING BIG TIME!! IMO RUSSIA RUSSIA RUSSIA they have the evidence. LMAO liars! imo
Lev Parnas Claims That Trump Knew ‘Exactly What Was Going On’ in UkraineParnas also alleged that Vice-President Pence and Attorney General Barr were involved in the Ukraine scandal, though he did not provide evidence of the AG’s role All The Presidents Man ! Follow the Money 💴
Oh, I think Trump will get four years, but not in the White House - the Big House ' HIS VIEW' 🤣 What a joke Why didn't the democrats subpoena him in the House? He's a sham And the Oscar goes to........ 🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️🤦🏻♂️ Embarrassing that abc is sharing this
Lev Parnas: Trump ‘knew exactly what was going on’ in UkraineThe associate of Rudy Giuliani also leveled accusations against Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr . Obvious retort is that he is lying just to cover his ass and get a lighter sentence. But if he's called to testify, he'd face a lot longer prison sentence than he's already facing if he lies there. So let's see him say this under oath. We need to focus on public education. RepAdamSchiff should call in Mr. Parnas to testify, ASAP