Parnas Implicates John Solomon in Ukrainian Election Interference Scheme
Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas implicated John Solomon, a conservative writer for The Hill, in the scheme to extract political investigations from Ukraine during his interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday.
Parnas described how the extradition case of Dimitry Firtash was entangled with efforts to secure a Ukrainian investigation into Joe Biden on behalf of President Trump.
In exchange for assistance fighting extradition to the U.S. on corruption charges, Firtash reportedly would help discredit the Mueller investigation, Parnas said. Prior to meeting with the Ukrainian oligarch — who is currently holed up in Vienna, Austria — Parnas said he was given documents from Solomon “to validate” that he was “in the loop.”
“We were tasked with basically trying to establish a relationship,” Parnas said. “I was given certain documents by John Solomon that would validate to Dimitry Firtash that I was in the loop and that I knew what was going on.”
Parnas said Firtash is not someone who sees just anybody and is “impossible to even get to.”
He told Maddow that he was tasked with brokering a deal with Firtash, and added that Solomon told him there was information to be found on Burisma and the Ukraine ledger — a “book of handwritten accounting records discovered among the papers of the deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party after he fled to Russia following a popular uprising in 2014.”
Republicans have claimed that the publication of the ledger during the 2016 election — which happened to implicate Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort — constituted meddling in a U.S. election.
Solomon’s work promulgating the right-wing conspiracy theory about Ukrainian election interference eventually came under review by The Hill.
Watch Parnas’ interview: