Mike Pence Denies Parnas’ Ukraine Allegations: “I Don’t Know The Guy”
Vice President Mike Pence denied knowing Lev Parnas on Thursday, describing the allegations about his knowledge of a scheme at the center of President Trump’s impeachment as “completely false,” according to The Hill.
“I don’t know the guy,” Pence told reporters in Tampa, Fla., when asked about Parnas.
Parnas, who was indicted on campaign finance charges last year, turned over documents to House investigators that shed light on efforts by Rudy Giuliani and others to oust former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.
In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Parnas leveled a new series of allegations against Trump, Pence, and others in the president’s circle.
He claimed that Pence’s trip to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration in May was cancelled because Ukraine had not announced an investigation in the Bidens and suggested that Pence was “in the loop” for the push for the investigation, adding, “He couldn’t have not known.”
Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, previously denied Parnas’s claims, but Thursday’s remarks were the vice president’s first on the matter.