Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, claims President Trump lied and was “aware of all my movements.”
TheHill reports Rudy Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow during an interview scheduled to air Wednesday that President Trump “knew exactly what was going on” with the efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice president and 2020 rival Joe Biden.
Parnas made the comments in response to Maddow’s question of what was the “main inaccuracy or the main lie being told that you feel like you can correct.”
The associate responded: “That the president didn’t know what was going on. President Trump knew exactly what was going on.
“He was aware of all of my movements,” he added. “I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president.”
He added that Trump’s claim that he didn’t know Parnas was a lie.
Parnas also alleged that President Trump threatened to withhold more than just military aid from Ukraine.
Parnas unleashed a slew of new accusations against the president, including that he, as a representative of Trump, gave Ukrainian officials a “very harsh message” that the U.S. would cut off all aid to the country if it did not announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.
“The message was: It wasn’t just military aid. It was all aid,” he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “Basically the relationship would be sour. We would stop giving them any kind of aid.”
The associate to the president’s personal attorney said that he met with officials, including a senior aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and made clear that he was there “on behalf of Rudy Giuliani and the president of the United States.”
Parnas also countered the president’s narrative by asserting that receiving aid was contingent on U.S. demands, primarily the investigation into Biden and his son, who was on the board of a Ukrainian company during Biden’s vice presidency.