A guy born in then-Russian (USSR) Odesa, Ukraine moved with his family to America when he was three-years-old and subsequently, he became a naturalized American citizen. The 47-year-old Lev Parnas’ worked for King Highway Realty selling Trump co-ops.
Then, Parnas moved to Florida in 1995. He worked with a business associate Igor Fruman in an energy project. Then in 2019, Parnas worked for DiGenova & Toensing as a translator to Dmytro Firtash. If that name appeared familiar, it was because Firtash was a Ukrainian oligarch close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Firtash has been living in Vienna fighting extradition to the U.S.
Then, Parnas and Firtash began working with Donald Trump’s TV attorney and fixer Rudy Giuliani. A Swiss attorney loaned the translator $1 million, which was placed in one of his wife’s accounts. The SDNY (Southern District of New York) indicted Parnas, and he has been out on bail.
Recently, Parnas has been appearing on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow show and for CNN’s Anderson Cooper. He has been dumping evidence all over the place. According to the businessman, he had a vital recording of Donald Trump in a donor dinner.
The video has since been verified, recording an image of the president on April 30, 2018, then going to sound only. It accomplished a couple of mandates: Trump did know Parnas, which the president has repeatedly and characteristically denied. Second, POTUS ordered the table in general, and no one in particular, to “take out” to “get rid of her,” meaning the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
Parnas was telling Trump that she had been bad-mouthing the American president in Kyiv. He was repeating information from his business associate Fruman. Parnas later apologized on-air with Maddow to the American ambassador.
ABC broke the recording story originally, then it was later separately verified by MSNBC. Fruman made the recording at a small dinner with Trump at his Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Parnas’ attorney Joseph Bondy confirmed that Fruman sent his client the recording. When Cooper asked the attorney why Fruman made the recording, he responded “I do not know” according to CNN:
‘I don’t know why he made the recordings. Some people make recordings. They like to take pictures. I can’t ascribe any kind of motive beyond that.’
After Cooper asked Bondy whether there were more recordings with Trump, the attorney said “Yes.” Then the CNN host pressed him on whether Parnas intended to release those recording, his attorney played coy:
‘We’ve sent recordings to the House Intelligence Committee also. This seems to be the recording that certainly addresses the issue of the Ambassador and we thought it was really important to get that recording out in public today.’
Bondy’s client told Maddow that the U.S. president “knew exactly what was going on” when Parnas was working with former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani. Trump’s fixer, Fruman, and Parnas had been sent to Ukraine at the behest of POTUS. The men were trying to acquire false information against Trump’s top 2020 presidential opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden.
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