Lev Parnas: I’m Speaking Out Because I Fear Bill Barr
Lev Parnas was giving media interviews about his role in President Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine because he wanted to protect himself from Attorney General William Barr, according to Yahoo News.
Trump, Parnas said in the second part of an interview with MSNBC’s host Rachel Maddow, was made more powerful “when he got William Barr.”
Parnas, who is under indictment on campaign finance charges in the Southern District of New York, described a meeting in jail with his former lawyer John Dowd, who also represented Trump. Dowd and Kevin Downing visited Parnas in jail to try to talk him out of cooperating with the House impeachment inquiry.
“Were they telling you to sacrifice yourself to protect the president?” Maddow asked.
“That’s the way I felt,” Parnas said, adding that he told the two lawyers, “If you don’t get out of here right now, something bad is going to happen.” He then fired them.
On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Barr in Washington, in reference to the revelations stemming from Maddow’s interview with Barr: “Does anyone think that the rogue AG is going to appoint a special prosecutor? No, because he’s implicated in all of this. This is an example of all of the president’s henchmen. And I hope that the senators do not become part of the president’s henchmen.”
Parnas also added that after spending months pressing Ukraine’s government to announce an investigation into Biden and his son, he had come to the conclusion that an investigation was not warranted.
“After analyzing all the evidence and sitting back and, what’s it called, really understanding what’s going on, I don’t think Vice President Biden did anything wrong,” Parnas said. “I think he was protecting our country and getting rid of probably a crooked attorney general.”
Trump’s Senate impeachment trial will begin Tuesday.