The American president, Donald Trump, what “I knew everything“about the efforts orchestrated by his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to press Ukraine for partisan purposes, said Wednesday one of the imputed partners of that lawyer, Lev Parnas.
In two interviews with the newspaper ‘The New York Times’ and the NBC News, Parnas broke up with Giuliani and said Trump was aware of each of the secret maneuvers that both orchestrated to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate the former US vice president. Joe biden.
“I play all my life that Trump knew exactly everything that was going on about what Rudy Giuliani was doing in Ukraine,” Parnas told the Times.
Lev Parnas, of Ukrainian origin and nationalized American, was arrested in October next to the Belarusian Igor Fruman with a one-way ticket to Vienna at Dulles airport, near Washington DC.
Both were accused by the Prosecutor for the southern district of New York for “participating in a plan to channel foreign money to candidates for federal and state charges so that the defendants could buy potential influence with candidates, campaigns and the governments of the candidates” , something that both have pleaded not guilty.
Now under house arrest waiting for his trial to begin, Parnas assured the ‘Times’ that he regrets trusting Giuliani, and that “he believed he was being a patriot and helping the president.”
“He (Trump) was aware of all my movements. I would not have done anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the president“Parnas told MSNBC.
“Why would members of the president’s internal circle meet with me (Ukrainian, Volodimir) Zelenski? They were told to meet with me, “he added.
Parnas reminded the ‘Times’ that Democrats in the lower house have posted text messages that Giuliani sent him to ensure that “number 1”, an alleged reference to Trump, approved his mission to get a visa to a former Ukrainian official who He had accused Biden of corruption.
Giuliani’s ex-partner has also delivered messages to the Democratic opposition in the lower house that show that he himself has kept two Trump campaign donors, Tom Hicks and Joseph Ahearn, aware of his business in Ukraine, according to the Times.
In addition, through his lawyer, Parnas was willing to Cooperate with the New York Prosecutor in his investigation of Giuliani, sharing information harmful to the lawyer.
When authorities arrested Parnas and Fruman, Trump said he did not know them, although there are at least seven photographs of the president with them, according to the CNN network.
Parnas’ statements promise to further agitate the waters in Congress, which on Thursday will begin preparations for Trump’s political trial in the Senate, which is scheduled to begin next Tuesday.
According to the Democratic opposition, Trump conditioned the delivery of almost 400 million dollars in aid to Ukraine and also the scheduling of a meeting with Zelenski to his demand that Kiev announce that he planned to investigate Biden.