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Politics 'I was misled by him': Guiliani writes off Parnas claims about Ukraine work as 'stupid lies'

20:45  21 january  2020
20:45  21 january  2020 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Don Trump Jr. says he and president met Parnas but aren't 'buddies': 'My father couldn’t pick this guy out of a lineup'

  Don Trump Jr. says he and president met Parnas but aren't 'buddies': 'My father couldn’t pick this guy out of a lineup' Donald Trump Jr. slammed the media over attempts to tie Lev Parnas to President Trump but said that he and his father had met the Ukrainian fixer. © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.The president's son said he and his father had met Parnas multiple times at fundraisers but still could not "pick this guy out of a lineup." He echoed Trump’s defense that the president takes pictures with thousands of supporters, arguing that the fact that Parnas and Trump were photographed together does not mean the two worked closely.

President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani dismissed claims made by his indicted former business partner Lev Parnas, claiming they are fictional.

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Giuliani, 75, responded to Parnas's claims about their work to uncover evidence of corruption by 2020 Democratic front-runner former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine during a Monday night interview with Fox News's Laura Ingraham. He was asked questions about specific accusations thrown out by Parnas during an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow last week.

"Obviously, I was misled by him," Giuliani said, after Ingraham played a portion of Parnas's interview with Maddow. "I still feel sorry for him."

New impeachment documents show more texts about possible surveillance of former US ambassador to Ukraine

  New impeachment documents show more texts about possible surveillance of former US ambassador to Ukraine House Democrats on Friday released new documents from indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas ahead of the Senate trial that includes new information about the apparent surveillance of former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and additional contacts between Parnas and an aide to Rep. Devin Nunes of California. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The new documents add to the growing trove of allegations and evidence that have come from Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas this week.

While he refused to "respond to him for each and every one of the misrepresentations" Parnas has made, the former New York City mayor added that he "wouldn't mind being called as a witness" to testify in front of Congress.

After being pressed by Ingraham to point to examples of lies that Parnas made, Giuliani referenced a supposed meeting at the White House Hanukkah party in 2018.

"He said that he was part of a meeting that he was called into during a Hanukkah party at the White House. And the president, during that meeting, deputized him and told him that he was going to be like his representative," Guiliani explained. "There were four people in that meeting. The four people in that meeting, myself, his former partner, Igor Fruman, and two others, say that it's absolutely untrue. The meeting never took place. The records demonstrate the meeting never took place."

Dem lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism

  Dem lawmaker says Nunes threatened to sue him over criticism Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that a lawyer for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) threatened to sue him if he did not apologize for saying last month that the Republican conspired with an associate of Rudy Giuliani. Lieu's comments were made in light of an interview Nunes gave on Fox News claiming he had spoken with Lev Parnas, a Giuliani associate, but that he "didn't know his name."Lieu's comments were made in light of an interview Nunes gave on Fox News claiming he had spoken with Lev Parnas, a Giuliani associate, but that he "didn't know his name.

Giuliani also pointed to a Parnas claim that GOP Rep. Devin Nunes of California met with Viktor Shokin in Vienna in 2018 to show that "Parnas once again lied." He additionally denied Parnas's allegation that he spoke with Attorney General William Barr about his work in Ukraine.

"A stupid lie is when your partner, Igor Fruman, can contradict you. A stupid lie is when there’s a tape recording that can contradict you. A stupid lie is when there is a passport that can contradict you," Giuliani said. "And the lies are not just lies. They’re stupid lies, which means he is extremely, poorly represented. I don't let my client to go in and tell a story that four people can contradict without checking it out."

Ukraine Probes Alleged Spying on U.S. Diplomat and Burisma Hack .
Ukrainian police opened criminal investigations into the alleged illegal surveillance of a former U.S. ambassador by people linked to President Donald Trump and a cyber-attack against a company mentioned in his impeachment proceedings. The probe into the possible monitoring of former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch follows the release of records from U.S. House committees that suggest that Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, was keeping tabs on the diplomat’s whereabouts when she was stationed in Ukraine.

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