BREAKING: Giuliani associate confesses to delivering bribery message for Trump
Rudolph W. Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, who was arrested and charged by the FBI last month, has just confessed to authorities that he was the delivery guy for President Trump.
The claim by Parnas directly links Giuliani and squashes all the denials coming out of the White House as of late.
Parnas is expected to further tell impeachment investigators in Congress that it was his job to deliver a message to the incoming government in Ukraine, that if they didn't investigate Joe Biden that the United States would freeze aid to their country. That is a big no-no. The New York Times has confirmed the story.
Expect Parnas to be directly challenged for his testimony and called a liar. Giuliani is already denying it: “Categorically, I did not tell him to say that,” Mr. Giuliani said. Igor Fruman, his business partner, is denying the claim.
Parnas lawyer says that the message to the Ukrainians was given at the direction of Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer. He also claims his client is telling the truth. He had a sit down with Serhiy Shefir, a member of the inner circle of Mr. Zelensky.
“It would simply defy reason,” he said, “for Mr. Shefir to have attended a meeting with Mr. Parnas if he did not believe Mr. Parnas spoke for the president, and also for Mr. Parnas not to have conveyed the president’s message at this meeting.”
If true, no way Trump didn't know about this. No wonder Giuliani isn't responding to a congressional subpoena and is refusing to testify on Capitol Hill.
Either Parnas is lying or he is telling the truth and everyone else is lying for obvious reasons. Either way, this is huge, and it also proves that this isn't just a witch hunt. Real facts need to be ascertained to here. It is the job of Congress to get to the bottom of it.
To date - President Trump and the administration deny that quid-pro-quo ever occurred and that his call with new Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, who was sworn-in in May, was "absolutely perfect." There's also another call that took place earlier between the two leaders and Trump claims he will release that on Tuesday.
In short - Parnas delivering messages for the administration either officially or unofficially are not confined to a telephone transcript, period. So, when the Trump administration claims that the phone call was "perfect," that hides the fact that there are other facts in play here.