Pence And Pompeo Were Participants In Ukrainian Election Interference Scheme
Lev Parnas, the Ukrainian-Floridian businessman and associate of Rudy Giuliani, released a tranche of documents that implicate Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as active participants in the Ukrainian election interference scheme, according to Newsweek and Law & Crime.
Parnas, appearing in an interview with Rachel Maddow Wednesday night, confirmed that Vice President Pence was given the task of delivering the ultimatum to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: if he did not announce his government’s investigation into the Bidens, the U.S. would not provide any military aid.
Maddow asked if Pence was aware of the quid pro quo, and Parnas replied, “I’m going to use a famous quote from [Ambassador Gordon] Sondland. Everybody was in the loop.”
Parnas told Maddow that Ukrainian officials only met with him because he was representing the White House.
“President Trump knew exactly what was going on,” Parnas said. “He was aware of all my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the president. I have no intent, I have no reason to speak to any of these officials. I mean, they have no reason to speak with me.”
“Why would President Zelensky’s inner circle, or Minister Avakov, or all these people, or President Poroshenko meet with me?” Parnas asked. “Who am I? They were told to meet with me. And that’s the secret that they’re trying to keep. I was on the ground doing their work.”
Parnas additionally provided lawmakers with handwritten notes and electronic messages that revealed that U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was being spied on by Rudy Giuliani and President Trump.
The revelation that such unprecedented measures were taken against an American ambassador has led to the call for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to resign.
Publicly available records show that Pompeo communicated with Giulaini several times in the weeks leading up to Yovanovitch’s abrupt dismissal, which calls into question what role he played.
“The fact that all this has occurred under Pompeo’s watch and that he has never once defended her is reason enough that he resign immediately,” foreign policy expert David Rothkopf said. “The fact that he may have been complicit could be reason he should be prosecuted. He is beyond incompetent. He is dangerous.”