Donald Trump wants us to believe that he doesn’t know Lev Parnas, one of the indicted associates of Rudy Giuliani who was sent to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 election.
“I don’t know those gentlemen,” President Trump previously stated about Parnas and his associate Igor Fruman, before conceding that he may have taken a photo of them at some point because he takes photos with lots of peoples. CNN managed to find ten interactions between Trump and Parnas and numerous photographs of them together have emerged. Clearly, Trump was playing loose and fast with the truth.
Last night, Parnas went on Rachel Maddow’s show and accused Trump of lying about their relationship.
“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,” claimed Parnas to Maddow. When she pushed him on the issue, Parnas flat out said that Trump “lied.”
Earlier today, during a conversation with Anderson Cooper on CNN’s New Day, Parnas threatened to release a new photo of him with the president every time Trump denies knowing him.
“I thought they were going to shut me up, make me look like the scapegoat, and try to blame me for stuff that I wasn’t done. But with God’s help and a great legal team that I have beside me, we were able to get the information out and now it’s out there. So, I welcome him to say that even more. Every time he says that I’ll show him another picture,” said Parnas.
“He’s lying?” asked Cooper.
“He’s lying,” confirmed Parnas.
Not long after, Trump once again disavowed Parnas
“I don’t believe I’ve ever spoken to him,” Trump said to reporters in the Oval Office. He claimed that Parnas is part of some “big hoax” and that he doesn’t know him “at all.”
Well, Parnas has made good on his threat and then some. His attorney, Joseph A. Bondy, released a clip on Twitter showing Trump and Parnas hanging out at some event. Hilariously, Janet Jackson’s “Together Again” has been mockingly overlaid over the video. The song says “Everywhere I go/Every smile I see/I know you are there/Smilin back at me.”
It’s an expert trolling move on the part of Parnas and is exactly the kind of thing that infuriates Trump. More importantly, there is now no way to deny that these two men knew each other.
Here’s the “I don’t know him at all, don’t know what he’s about, don’t know where he comes from, know nothing about him” guy, w Lev Parnas & Roman Nasirov, former head of Ukrainian Fiscal Service, at Mar-a-Lago 12/16. @POTUS .@realDonaldTrump @Acosta #LevRemembers #LetLevSpeak pic.twitter.com/5B5QY2DJEg
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) January 16, 2020