January 22, 2021

Lev Parnas implicates Trump, Pence, Barr, Mulvaney, and Bolton in Ukraine scandal

Parnas claimed that 'everybody that was close to Trump' knew about what was happening in Ukraine.

Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born Ukrainian businessman who worked with President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani in the Ukraine scandal, appeared in several bombshell interviews on Wednesday.

Among many shocking revelations made during his appearances, Parnas implicated President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Attorney General William Barr in schemes in Ukraine.

But it didn’t stop there…

President Trump has maintained that his efforts to find dirt on his political rival, Joe Biden, were about investigating corruption in Ukraine, but Parnas told CNN it was “all about 2020” instead.

“‘That was the way everyone viewed it,’ Parnas told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, disputing Trump’s claim that the push to unearth damaging information about his political rival, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, stemmed from concerns about corruption in Ukraine.”

Others like Congressman Devin Nunes and Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo didn’t get off the hook either.

According to Parnas, it was all about helping Trump hold on to power.

“That was the most important thing,” Parnas said, “for him to stay on for four years and keep the fight going. I mean, there was no other reason for doing it.”

As for Trump’s story, Parnas said, “He’s lying.”

According to Business Insider, the plan also involved a conspiracy theory about Ukraine.

“Trump also asked Zelensky to investigate a bogus conspiracy theory suggesting Ukraine interfered in the 2016 US presidential election to help Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”

‘Everybody that was close to Trump knew’

In the same CNN interview with Anderson Cooper, Parnas claimed that Vice President Pence was fully aware of he and Giuliani’s efforts to get Ukraine to announce an investigation of Biden.

In addition, Parnas claimed “everybody that was close to Trump” knew, including former National Security Advisor John Bolton and acting White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney.

“Everybody that was close to Trump knew that this was a thorn in the side and this was a serious situation,” said Parnas.

“I think Bolton is a very important witness because I think between me and Bolton, we can fit [sic] in all the dots,” said Parnas.

On the Rachel Maddow show, Parnas made another appearance where he said the Attorney General of the United States was “basically on the team” and “absolutely knew” as it related to Trump’s efforts in Ukraine.

“Mr. Barr had to have known everything,” Parnas told Maddow. “Victoria, Joe, they were all best friends. Attorney General Barr was basically on the team.”

Parnas accused Barr of being involved in an agreement with a Dmytro Firtash, a man accused of being connected to the Russian mob.

“Specifically, Parnas implicated Barr in what he said was an agreement he made with Dmytro Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch linked to the Kremlin, to get the Justice Department to drop fraud and bribery charges against Firtash in exchange for information to discredit former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election,” reported Business Insider.

Parnas and another Giuliani associate, Igor Fruman, were arrested in October and pleaded not guilty to charges of making illegal campaign contributions funneled from foreign entities to US candidates in March 2018. The charges included “$325,000 in illegal straw donations to a Trump super PAC and a $15,000 to a second committee to help them advance the interests of a Ukrainian government official and a Russian national seeking to break into the cannabis industry,” reported NBC News.

The two men were arrested at Dulles Airport carrying one-way tickets to Vienna. Parnas was later released on a $1 million bond secured on $200,000 cash to home confinement with electronic monitoring.

Now Parnas is taking to the airwaves and making it extremely clear that the Senate must hold a fair and impartial impeachment trial of the 45th president.

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