Parnas: Trump Sought To Have Ukrainian Prosecutor Brief Lindsey Graham On Biden
Lev Parnas, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani, said that President Trump wanted Viktor Shokin, a corrupt Ukrainian prosecutor, to present evidence to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) about Hunter Biden.
Trump personally tried to obtain a visa for Shokin so he could do so.
“After the conversation Mr. Shokin had with Mr. Giuliani...they had discussed and arranged that they were going to have Mr. Shokin come here and Mr. Giuliani wanted to debrief him here in front of Mr. Lindsey Graham and certain other people, like the attorney general,” he said in his interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Maddow asked Parnas what Shokin would have said if he was given the opportunity to speak in front of the high-profile figures.
“He was basically going to testify and say Joe Biden basically forced him out because he was going to investigate Hunter Biden and Burisma,” Parnas said.
Viktor Shokin became the Ukrainian prosecutor general in 2015 and inherited an investigation into Ukrainian oligarch Mykola Zlochevsky, owner of the natural gas company Burisma Holdings, on which Hunter Biden joined the board the previous year.
Sen. Lindsey Graham's inclusion suggests that the Republican legislator was a coconspirator in the criminal scheme to pressure Ukraine into investigating Trump's political opponent, Joe Biden.
Viktor Shokin was believed to have had his U.S. visa blocked by the U.S. embassy in Kiev because it was the official view that Shokin was too corrupt a political figure to obtain a visa.