"President Trump knew exactly what was going on," says Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani who has been implicated in an alleged attempt to pressure the Ukrainian government to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
"He was aware of all my movements. I wouldn't do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president,” Parnas, who faces campaign finance charges, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow in an interview that aired Wednesday night. "I was on the ground doing their work," Parnas said.
In the wide-ranging interview, Parnas said that Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr, former national security adviser John Bolton and ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., were all aware of the effort to push Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and the 2016 election.
He said the administration's efforts in Ukraine were "never about corruption," but were focused on digging up dirt on the Bidens.
When asked about Trump denying that he even knew him, Parnas replied: "He lied."
Maddow will air more of her interview with Parnas on Thursday evening.
Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have once again concluded they're better off together than apart, continuing a decadelong alliance even as they vie with each other for the Democratic presidential nomination.
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