Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, in an exclusive interview airing Wednesday, that the president was aware of and involved with his actions connected to a pressure campaign in Ukraine at every step of the way.
Specifically, Parnas and Giuliani were instrumental in Trump’s efforts to strong-arm Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into publicly committing to investigations that would be beneficial to Trump’s reelection campaign.
Parnas and one of Giuliani’s other associates, Igor Fruman, were arrested and charged last year with violating campaign-finance laws connected to their work for Giuliani. They pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, and Parnas has since embarked on a media campaign to cooperate with the ongoing impeachment proceedings against the president.
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