Lev Parnas: Lindsey Graham Was “In The Loop” On Ukraine Scheme
Rudy Giuliani’s indicted associate, Lev Parnas, says Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was “in the loop” in President Trump’s scheme to pressure Ukraine to launch an investigation into Joe Biden, according to Raw Story.
The Ukraine-born businessman told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Graham has a personal interest in keeping witness testimony out of the president’s impeachment trial.
“Sen. Lindsey Graham I haven’t had any contact with, but because of my relationship with Rudy Giuliani, I have a lot of information about his dealings,” Parnas said. “It was, like, surreal to watch Lindsey Graham up there, sit there -- he’s out there talking about all the stuff, that this is a sham, that this should go away.”
“At the end of the day,” Parnas continued, “he was in the loop just like everybody else. He (had) a very good relationship with Rudy Giuliani, he was aware of what was going on going back to at least 2018, maybe even earlier. If you recall, he was the one Rudy Giuliani was supposed to bring Viktor Shokin to when the visa got denied, and I think he was even, if you check the records, involved in getting the request for the visa somehow.”
Parnas’ attorney, Joseph Bondy, released letters Wednesday signed by a Ukraine-born U.S. citizen Michael Guralnik to both Graham and Sigal Mandelker, a former top official at the U.S. Treasury Department who pushed for sanctions against various Ukrainian political and business leaders.
Giuliani then tried to help Shokin, a corrupt former top prosecutor in Ukraine, obtain a visa to meet with Graham in the U.S. a month or so later.
“Sen. Graham was involved even before I got involved with Mayor Giuliani, so he had to have been in the loop and had to have known what was going on,” Parnas said. “I was with Giuliani every day, that was what was happening.”
“Rudy told me not once but on several occasions that he spoke to Lindsey Graham about the situation, that Lindsey was always aware,” he said. “I don’t know how deeply aware, I didn’t speak to Lindsey Graham, I don’t have text messages with him, we didn’t interact, so I can only speak from what Rudy told me.”