Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is rapidly starting to unfold as Rudy Giuliani’s associate, Lev Parnas, appeared in damning interviews about the President’s decision to withhold aid from Ukraine.
Just hours before Trump’s impeachment trial got underway in the Senate, Parnas appeared on MSNBC in an interview with Rachel Maddow on Wednesday. He said that Trump knew exactly what was going on when he was directed by the President’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to threaten to withhold aid if the Ukrainian government did not announce that they would be investigating Trump’s political rival, Joe Biden.
“What do you think is the main inaccuracy, the main lie, being told that you feel like you can correct?” Maddow asked.
“That the president didn’t know what was going on. President Trump knew exactly what was going on,” Parnas responded. “He was aware of all of my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president.”
“I don’t know what he’s about,” Trump said at an event in the Oval Office Thursday about Parnas. “I don’t know where he comes from.”
Then, on Thursday, Parnas also appeared on CNN in an interview with Anderson Cooper, refuting Trump’s assertion that he does not know Parnas or Igor Fruman, who were both arrested on campaign-finance charges in October.
“I welcome him to say that [he doesn’t know me] even more. Every time he says that I’ll show him another picture. He’s lying,” Parnas said in an interview that went into great detail about Trump’s involvement in the scandal.
Parnas may be called in as a witness in the Senate trial and his testimony in the interviews will surely serve as a massive blow to the Trump administration’s future. However, whether he will be called is still unknown.