The Left Wants to Use Lev Parnas Against Trump. Can He Be Trusted?

Fred Lucas

An associate of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, one of the president’s personal lawyers, is the left’s new hero going into the Senate impeachment trial.

He is a native of Ukraine named Lev Parnas, and he and his business partner were arrested in October as they appeared to try to leave the country while under federal indictment for violating campaign finance laws. 

Parnas gave a damning interview Wednesday night to MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow in which he threw gasoline on President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial over issues involving Ukraine.

“President Trump knew exactly what was going on,” Parnas, 49, told Maddow. “He was aware of all my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the president.”

Before his arrest, Parnes boasted to the media that he knew of information the government of Ukraine had on former Vice President Joe Biden, which he said U.S. officials were neglecting. 

Now, Democrats are eager to work Parnas and the interview into Trump’s impeachment trial.

“Last night’s Lev Parnas interview couldn’t have made it more clear—the Senate must hear from firsthand witnesses and demand the White House turn over documents related to the withholding of military aid from Ukraine,” Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., tweeted. 

Trump dismissed the matter Thursday while acknowledging that he and Parnas may have had their photograph taken together. 

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