Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born businessman and former associate of Rudy Giuliani, has recently thrust himself into the spotlight by claiming that President Donald Trump was keenly aware of the plan to pressure Ukraine into investigating Hunter Biden.
However, Ukraine Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko is rejecting Parnas’ widely-covered allegations, saying that he doesn’t trust “any word” from him.
“Frankly, I have not spoken with [Lev Parnas], and again, frankly, I don’t trust any word he is now saying,” Prystaiko said in an interview, according to The Hill.
Vadym Prystaiko, Foreign Minister of Ukraine: "Frankly, I have not spoken with [Lev Parnas], and again, frankly, I don’t trust any word he is now saying." pic.twitter.com/bRUm3mleqN
— The Hill (@thehill) January 16, 2020
In October, Parnas was indicted on charges of breaking campaign finance laws. He has recently been on a media campaign, appearing most recently on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show, saying that Trump “knew exactly what was going on” in Ukraine.
Rep. Jim Jordan bashed the media coverage of Parnas on Twitter, saying, “Ukrainian leaders have repeatedly rejected that there was any kind of pushing or pressure,” adding that “the mainstream press would rather run with ridiculous allegations from a man under indictment.”
Additionally, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham tore into Parnas in a Thursday morning appearance on Fox News.
“This is a man who’s under indictment and who’s actually out on bail,” Grisham said. “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,” she concluded.