Lev Parnas’s interview on Wednesday night with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was explosive, full of deep revelations of the president’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal, including knowing exactly what the former associate of Rudy Giuliani was up to on the ground in Kyiv.
“President Trump knew exactly what was going on, he was aware of all of my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president,” Parnas said in the interview.
Speaking in a separate interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper airing on Thursday morning’s New Day program, Parnas added that any attempts by President Donald Trump to say he didn’t know him would be frivolous.
Parnas said the FBI could corroborate his story. When they came to his home after arresting him for violating election laws, they found what he called a “shrine” to Trump.
“Loved him. When the FBI came to my house, my wife felt embarrassed because they said I had a shrine to him. I had pictures of him, I mean, I idolized him. I thought he was the savior,” Parnas said.
Trump has, in the past, denied knowing Parnas or his associate, Igor Fruman. In October, the president said “I don’t know those gentleman” shortly after they were arrested.
"He's lying." Lev Parnas, Rudy Giuliani's associate who stands at the center of the impeachment inquiry, says about President Trump's claim that that they have never met.https://t.co/qLwZHVZuBB pic.twitter.com/cI0DCQUK3N
— New Day (@NewDay) January 16, 2020
“Now, it’s possible I have a picture with them because I have a picture with everybody,” Trump added.
Parnas was undeterred in his interview with Cooper, saying he has proof of their friendship.
“I welcome him to say that even more,” Parnas said to the CNN host. “Every time he says that, I’ll show him another picture…he’s lying.”
Parnas hasn’t just been in pictures with Trump. As The Daily Beast noted earlier this week, he’s also appeared in photographs with the president’s family members, including daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.