Lev Parnas, who is accused of federal campaign finance violations, came forward along with his lawyer on MSNBC to say he was not freelancing when he collaborated with GIuliani in an effort to get the Ukrainians to investigate Trump rival
The stunning assertion came just hours before Chief Justice John Roberts is to swear in 100 U.S. senators who are to act as a jury weighing two articles of impeachment against the president.
Lev Parnas attorney Joseph Bondy tweeted out a picture of the indicted Rudy Giuliani associate and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow as the Ukraine-born fixer broke his silence for the first time since his arrest
‘He was aware of all my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the president,’ Parnas told
He continued: ‘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 spoke as the House Intelligence Committee released yet another batch of his messages, after he and his lawyer turned them over days ago. The disclosure came on the day House impeachment managers formally told the Senate the House would transmit two impeachment articles against Trump.
Parnas said his work was with the consent of Rudy Giuliani and the president. A trove released Tuesday revealed a Giuliani letter to the president of Ukraine seeking a meeting and citing Trump’s consent
Indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas turned over WhatsApp messages and other information to House investigators. He spoke to MSNBC Wednesday
‘What should I send don to tweet,’ writes Joseph Ahearn, who is listed by pro-Trump super PAC America First Policies as director of development, to Parnas
Attorney Victoria Toensing writes Parnas that the president ‘stood us up and sent Ivanka to speak in his stead’
The documents include a series of back-and-forth messages about getting a retainer completed. An April, 2019 message from Parnas seeks to have it translated into Russian
‘I WILL NOT BE BROKEN!’ Giualiani complained former special counsel Robert Mueller was stalling his flight departure.
A Parnas text about a retainer mentioned a figure at the Ukraine ministry of justice
Another message is from Thomas Hicks Jr. Thomas O. Hicks Jr is co-chair of the Republican National Committee
Among the confusing trove of information is one message that identifies first daughter Ivanka Trump, a key advisor who Trump pointed out by name during remarks lauding a new deal with China in the White House Wednesday.
Trump lawyer Victoria Toensing, in a message to Parnas, mentions Ivanka in a discussion about a White House meeting. ‘POTUS stood us up and sent Ivanka to speak in his stead. Victoria,’ reads the message, dated March 3rd, amid the Ukrainian elections.
‘That’s what Rudy said,’ Parnas replied. The messages are proceeded and succeeded by blacked out information.
A White House spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a question about the Ivanka message.
Another message references the president’s eldest son, Don Jr., who helps run the Trump Organization.
‘What should I send don to tweet,’ writes Joseph Ahearn, who is listed by pro-Trump super PAC America First Policies as director of development in a March 20 message to Parnas.
Parnas replies: ‘Wait tomorrow good stuff.’
Parnas has been photographed multiple times with Trump and key Trump World figures, including Don Jr.
A March 20 message includes a link to a story by John Solomon in The Hill that included some of Giuliani’s claims about Ukrainian corruption. Another linked to a show by Fox News host Sean Hannity.
‘Have jr retweet it,’ writes Parnas.
‘Sent,’ responds Ahearn a minute later.
On March 24, 2019, Trump Jr. retweeted a link to a DailyWire story about pressure to remove the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
‘We need more @Richard Grenell’s and less of these jokers as ambassadors. Calls Grow To Remove Obama’s U.S. Ambassador To Ukraine,’ wrote the president’s son.
Other messages connect Parnas with shipping magnate Harry Sargeant III who has denied claims of involvement in a plan to export U.S. natural gas to Ukraine. When Parnas mentioned a coming meeting in Vienna, Sargeant responded: ‘Just becoming expensive flying u guys everywhere LEV.’