Soviet-born businessman and former associate of Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, does not appear to be enjoying his ankle monitor.
He was forced to wear the electronic monitoring system after he was “released on a $1 million bond secured on $200,000 cash” after being charged with making illegal campaign contributions in 2018, according to NBC.
While Parnas has been making his many visits to mainstream media outlets, giving his take on how President Donald Trump was aware of “everything” that was happening regarding pulling Ukraine funding and investigating Hunter Biden, he’s been forced to wear his ankle monitor the entire time.
And he’s been frustrated wearing the device, now “seeking less restrictive terms of confinement and monitoring while he awaits trial,” per an NBC report.
On Thursday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told CNN that Parnas’ claims about Trump are wrong and that he can’t be trusted.
“It’s all over the Ukrainian media as well today and yesterday and strangely enough my name was not mentioned although I am Minister of Foreign Affairs. And frankly I never spoke with this individual. And again frankly I don’t trust any word again he’s now saying,” Prystaiko said.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham also lashed out against claims by Parnas, telling Fox News, “This is a man who’s under indictment and who’s actually out on bail. This is a man who owns a company called Fraud Inc., so I think that’s something that people should be thinking about. We’re not too concerned about it.”
“It’s unfortunate that he’s now making a media tour with a lot of the outlets that are, you know, against the president. I think that shows exactly what he’s doing,” Grisham added.
The impeachment proceedings in the senate are expected to begin early next week, with a vote on whether or not to have additional witnesses appear to occur shortly after the trial starts.
Senate Democrats have alluded to wanting Lev Parnas to make an appearance, along with former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton.