On Wednesday night, Rudy Giuliani’s indicted associated Lev Parnas appeared on MSNBC’s“The Rachel Maddow Show.”
Parnas says that when it came to pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, “President Trump knew exactly what was going on.”
“He was aware of all my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president. I have no intent, I have no reason to speak to any of these officials,” Parnas added.
“I mean, they have no reason to speak to me. Why would President Zelenskiy’s inner circle or Minister Avakov or all these people or President Poroshenko meet with me? Who am I? They were told to meet with me. And that’s the secret that they’re trying to keep. I was on the ground doing their work,” Parnas said.
Parnas and Igor Fruman, have been charged with making $325,000 in illegal straw donations to a super PAC that supports Donald Trump.
Parnas turned over documents to House Democrats that were released on Tuesday. The documents show that Giuliani requested a private meeting with President Zelenskiy with Trump’s “knowledge and consent.”
When Maddow asked Parnas if Trump was aware of the efforts that he and Giuliani were making in Ukraine Parnas said “yes.”
“Yeah, it was all about Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and also Rudy had a personal thing with the Manafort stuff. The black ledger,” Parnas added.
“And that was another thing that they were looking into, but it was never about corruption. It was never — it was strictly about Burisma, which included Hunter Biden and Joe Biden,” Parnas stated.
Trump has repeatedly denied knowing Parnas despite several photos of them surfacing. When asked about Trump’s statements that he did not know him, Parnas stated: “He lied.”
Parnas told Maddow that he wants to testify at the Senate impeachment trial.
“I want to get the truth out,” Parnas said, “because I feel it’s important for our country.”
“There’s a lot of things that are being said that are not accurate, and I just want to make sure that they’re accurate, because things happened that need to get out, and I think the world needs to know,” Parnas added.
Right now, it is unclear if the Senate will call any witnesses to testify. It is expected that the trial will kick off on Tuesday.