Lev Parnas, rudy, trumpty-dumpty, and putin smiling.

Then there’s the Lev Parnas revelations, yet more indications of what an amoral deceitful thug Prosperity Evangelical sheoples elected, with the help of corporate masters of our universe; who in turn received a lot of help from our Supreme Court when Citizens United decided that money deserved the right to vote like never before; well and also some diligent Republican gerrymandering, and voter registration games.

That’s what happens for allowing those Justices to be wined and dined by billionaires. It’s a hell of mess we’ve gotten our selves into.

Lev Parnas: Trump would've traded an endorsement for political dirt from Ukraine's ex-president Poroshenko (pre-election!)

By Marshall Cohen Updated 7:24 PM ET, Fri January 17, 2020

https://www cnn com/2020/01/17/politics/lev-parnas-ukraine-impeachment-interview/index.html

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government included an attempted quid-pro-quo with then-Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, according to Lev Parnas, the indicted businessman who is a central figure in the impeachment scandal.
Revealing what he claims is a previously undisclosed meeting, Parnas told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he met Poroshenko in early 2019, during the final weeks of Ukraine’s presidential campaign, and tried to broker a political arrangement on behalf of Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
According to Parnas, Trump offered to endorse Poroshenko if he announced an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, who was gearing up for his own 2020 campaign at the time.
“If he would make the announcement … Trump would either invite him to the White House or make a statement for him, but basically would start supporting him for president,” Parnas said.
But the deal fell flat. Poroshenko didn’t announce any investigations, and a few months later, he was soundly defeated in Ukraine’s presidential runoff by comedian Volodymyr Zelensky.

“Trump and Poroshenko, they got off on the wrong foot,” Parnas said, describing a perceived snub in 2016, when Poroshenko met Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for a photo-op, but never saw candidate Trump. “(He) met with Hillary Clinton, and President Trump doesn’t forget.” …


Who is Lev Parnas? Soviet-born operator thrust into Trump impeachment scandal The Giuliani associate insisted the president ‘knew exactly what was going on’ in Ukraine – but is he just trying to save his skin?

David Smith in Washington and Andrew Roth in Moscow

Thu 16 Jan 2020

https://www theguardian com/us-news/2020/jan/16/lev-parnas-who-is-he-trump-ukraine-rudy-giuliani-aid-scandal


Lev Parnas’s dramatic new claims about Trump and Ukraine, explained He said a lot of things. Can he back them up?

By Andrew Prokopandrew@vox.com Jan 16, 2020

Former Rudy Giuliani fixer Lev Parnas made a series of dramatic new claims Wednesday about President Donald Trump, Trump administration officials, and the overall effort to pressure Ukraine that led to Trump’s impeachment. And now, the question is whether he can back them up.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Parnas claimed that President Trump knew “exactly what was going on” with his and Giuliani’s effort to get the Ukrainian government to announce investigations that would help Trump politically: “He was aware of all my movements.” …

In the interviews, Parnas spoke matter of factly, responding to questions without hesitation. He did not use weasel wording like T rump advocates invariably do (a typical deceitful way that politicians and other deceivers communicate). He had documentation that corroborated most of what he said. He did not present as if he were lying.