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Lev Parnas was born on 6 February, 1972 in Odessa, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, U.S.S.R., is an American businessman.
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As early as April 2018, Giuliani, Parnas, and Fruman had apparently decided to assist President Trump’s re-election efforts and they identified Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as being a difficulty. On January 24, 2020 in the middle of the Trump impeachment trial, ABC News broke the story that led to this conclusion after ABC News reviewed a recording. Parnas’ attorney claimed the recording was made by Fruman and shared with Parnas. The recording appears to be from a small gathering with President Trump and it may have been a dinner held April 30, 2018 at Trump Hotel Washington.
On January 20, 2020, Parnas’ attorney filed a motion seeking the appointment of a special prosecutor outside the Justice Department and for US Attorney General William Barr to recuse himself. The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman recused himself in the Michael Cohen case owing to his political support of Trump. Trump reportedly asked then acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to override Berman’s recusal and to prosecute Cohen. To date, Berman has not recused himself in the Parnas case despite similar potential conflicts of interest as in the Cohen case. Additionally, Berman worked at the same law firm as Giuliani.
In early January 2020, an attorney for Parnas turned over photos, text messages and thousands of pages of documents to the House Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. On January 15 and 16, 2020 MSNBC aired segments of an interview of Parnas conducted by Rachel Maddow. This was Parnas’ first television interview regarding his involvement in the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Some of Parnas’ claims were supported by documentary evidence released by the House that same week. Elements of the interview including time lines that were cross-checked by some news organizations against event records such as the date Pence announced he would not be going to Ukraine. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, Pence spokesman Marc Short, and a Justice Department spokesman stressed the fact that Parnas was under indictment and therefore should not be believed. Trump repeated the claims he did not know Parnas, and denied he was aware of a key letter by Giuliani to the Ukrainian President wherein Giuliani claims he is acting on the behalf of Trump.
Included within the documents released by the House in January 2020 were text messages between Parnas and Robert F. Hyde, a Republican candidate for Congress in Connecticut. The messages indicated that Ambassador Yovanovitch was under surveillance and implied she was in possible danger. During the interview with Maddow, Parnas largely discounted this possibility and said Hyde drank a lot. However, during her testimony, the Ambassador stated that she was advised to leave Ukraine on “the next plane” in April 2019 because her security was at risk. Maddow played clips of this testimony during the airing of the interview. The FBI finally visited Hyde to make inquiries on January 16, 2020—the day after the first segment of the interview aired—even though they reportedly had the messages in hand since Parnas’ arrest in October 2019. Ukrainian authorities announced they were conducting an investigation that same day. Hyde claimed he was getting the information he was giving to Parnas from a Belgium citizen named Anthony de Caluwe he had met at GOP functions. Initially, de Caluwe denied any involvement and then later claimed it was all a “joke” after evidenced was released by the House that supported Hyde’s assertions.
Parnas was also interviewed by Anderson Cooper of CNN on January 16, 2020. The primary different claims made by Parnas during this interview were as follows:
On January 20, 2020, Giuliani appeared on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle and claimed he was “heartbroken” by the “stupid lies” told by Parnas the previous week. Giuliani said he was very close with Parnas, even god-father to his child, and very disappointed. He said Parnas was just trying to avoid jail and was telling lies like Michael Cohen. He also said he would not get into a point by point rebuttal of all the claims Parnas made, but would testify to all the facts if he was called as a witness. He welcomed an opportunity to testify where he would inform everyone about “unbelievable amount of corruption that went on between the Democratic Party and Ukraine”. Giuliani wanted to stress two areas where Parnas had “lied”.
On January 24, 2020, ABC News released an audio recording that appeared to be a conversation between Parnas and President Trump. The recording may have been made at a dinner gathering held on April 30, 2018 at the Trump International Hotel. On the recording, President Trump can be heard ordering someone, who may have been Johnny DeStefano, to fire Ambassador Yovanovitch. Trump’s order came after Parnas said something to the effect that it was important to get rid of her first. Parnas’ attorney appeared on the Rachel Maddow show that same evening and stated the tape was made by Fruman and given to Parnas. Parnas in turn uploaded it to his document cloud. Parnas’ attorney stated that Parnas didn’t provide the tape to ABC News. Apparently, the ABC News article prompted Parnas to search his document cloud where he located the full tape that is over an hour long. Parnas’ attorney stated the whole tape has been given to the House Intelligence Committee.
In 2019, Parnas served as a translator for a legal case involving Dmytro Firtash, one of Ukraine’s wealthiest oligarchs with self-admitted mob connections, who is fighting extradition to the U.S. to face bribery charges. Firtash has lived in Vienna for five years. “Mr. Parnas was retained by DiGenova & Toensing, LLP as an interpreter in order to communicate with their client Mr. Firtash. A Swiss lawyer for Firtash loaned $1 million to Parnas’s wife in September 2019, according to Federal prosecutors.
In late September 2019 the whistleblower report was released and Parnas and Fruman were described as “two associates of Mr. Giuliani.” They were soon identified by name.
On September 30, 2019, the House Intelligence Committee issued document requests to Parnas and Fruman. They were initially represented by John M. Dowd, who was Trump’s personal attorney during part of the Mueller investigation in 2017-18. President Trump consented to this representation, as evidenced in an email from White House Counsel Jay Sekulow to the president. Parnas later disclosed that they met with Dowd in Dowd’s home and conducted a conference call with Sekulow and Giuliani. They concluded they would claim immunity and not cooperate on the basis Giuliani was the President’s attorney and they were working under the direction of Giuliani. On October 7, 2019, Dowd informed the Miami Herald newspaper there would be no cooperation, Mike Pompeo made a similar announcement, and State Department employee Charles Kent failed to appear before the House Intelligence Committee. On October 8, 2019, White House counsel Pat Cipollone issued a document that confirmed that Trump and his Administration would not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry in any manner.
Parnas and Fruman were arrested on the evening of October 9, 2019, at Dulles International Airport, and charged with planning to direct funds from a foreign government “to U.S. politicians while trying to influence U.S.-Ukraine relations”. They had one-way tickets to Frankfurt, Germany, and were reported to be going to Vienna, Austria. The reason for their arrest was described as a “complex web of financial and political interactions linking diplomacy to alleged violations of campaign finance law.” The head of the New York’s FBI office described the investigation as “about corrupt behavior, deliberate lawbreaking”.
After the arrest, the House Intelligence Committee converted their request for production of documents from Parnas and Fruman into subpoenas on October 10, 2019. The New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), along with SDNY prosecutors, were believed to be conducting a criminal investigation of Giuliani’s relationship with Parnas and Fruman. Giuliani is under investigation for potentially violating lobbying laws.
Dowd’s representation of Parnas were terminated and Parnas’ new attorney, Joseph Bondy, announced on November 5, 2019 that Parnas “is now prepared to comply with requests for records and testimony from congressional impeachment investigators”.
On November 22, 2019, Parnas stated to CNN that he would be willing to testify to Congress regarding his, Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA), Giuliani’s and Trump’s role in the Ukraine affairs. Documents released to a watchdog group show communication took place between Giuliani and Pompeo shortly before Ambassador Yovanovitch was removed from her post. Memos from Giuliani to Pompeo regarding a Jan. 23, 2019, meeting with Ukraine’s former prosecutor general Victor Shokin were included. Giuliani notes that Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas were present at the meeting. Shokin was ousted from his job in 2016 because of his lack of attention to corruption cases.
An official from the Department of Justice attributed the delay between when they received the messages and finally acted down to Parnas and claimed they were unable to read the messages contained within Parnas’ iPhone until recently. Parnas’ attorney in turn wrote that the Department of Justice sat on documents since December 3, 2019 when the messages from the iPhone were first extracted. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement a full two days after the texts were revealed and stated “to the best of (his) recollection” never heard all of this. He announced he would look into it but also stated he didn’t think anything would come of the investigation.
Giuliani stressed that owing to these two “lies” that nothing in the two Parnas interviews should be believed. Giuliani also insisted that Parnas was wrong when he implicated William Barr. Giuliani said he never spoke to Barr about it and that it was wrong to accuse Barr of being part of it. When he was asked if he directed the surveillance of the Ambassador to Ukraine, Giuliani replied “I can definitely tell you I didn’t.”
Some of the money to potentially fund efforts by Giuliani, Parnas, and Fruman appears to have come from a Republican donor and Trump supporter Charles Gucciardo. Gucciardo’s attorney claimed his client’s $500,000 was an investment made in 2018 with Parnas’ firm Fraud Guarantee. These funds in turn were claimed to be a retainer fee from Fraud Guarantee to Giuliani. According to Giulani, he was “ramping up” the business.
Parnas has also been involved in Jewish charities and causes in the U.S., Ukraine and Israel. Parnas is on the board of a Ukrainian-Jewish charity, “Friends of Anatevka”, founded by Ukrainian rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman, to provide a refuge for Jews affected by the Russian military intervention in Ukraine. Parnas and Fruman visited Israel in the summer of 2018 as a part of a delegation, led by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and joined by Anthony Scaramucci, of “right-wing Jewish and evangelical supporters of Trump.” The group met with U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman, Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair Netanyahu, as well as billionaire Simon Falic, one of Netanyahu’s most generous donors. Huckabee joined the two once again in March 2019 when they were awarded with the “Chovevei Zion” (Lovers of Zion) awards at a gala for the National Council of Young Israel, an event focused on supporting President Trump and Israeli West Bank settlements. Rudy Giuliani and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy were in attendance as well. While in Israel Parnas and Fruman also met with oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi, a wealthy Ukrainian under investigation by the Department of Justice for money laundering.
Late in 2018, Giuliani allegedly sent the two to Ukraine to search for damaging information on Trump’s U.S. political rivals. According to The New York Times, “Their mission was to find people and information that could be used to undermine the Special Counsel’s investigation, and also to damage former Vice President Joseph R. Biden.” Both were allegedly also at the center of the pro-Trump forces’ push to remove Ambassador Yovanovitch, because her loyalty to President Trump was deemed deficient as Trump pursued his agenda there. It is also alleged that the two pressed for support for allegations that former Ukrainian officials schemed to manipulate the 2016 election to support Hillary Clinton, by revealing adverse information about Paul Manafort, chairman of Trump’s campaign, which became a central element in Mueller’s special counsel investigation.
Also, over the course of a year beginning in 2018, the two men allegedly introduced Giuliani to Ukrainians who were working at exposing significant “corruption surrounding Hunter Biden and Burisma.” These included Yuriy Lutsenko, a former Prosecutor General of Ukraine, who was crucial to Giuliani’s efforts to produce damaging information. Viktor Shokin, also a former Prosecutor General of Ukraine, was part of this group.
The charges have also allegedly connected Parnas and Fruman to the campaign to oust Ambassador Yovanovitch from her post and have her recalled. This occurred over many months. In 2018, the operation included Parnas and Fruman donating funds and pledging further additional moneys to an unnamed Congressman, who was recruited for the “campaign to oust her.” Some of the funds violated campaign limits. The funds were funneled through a shell company, Global Energy Producers. Parnas and Fruman were also charged with unlawful campaign contributions. Based on campaign finance filings, former congressional Representative Pete Sessions (R-Texas) has been identified as the unnamed Congressman. In 2018, as the Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Sessions wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying that Ambassador Yovanovitch should be fired for privately expressing “disdain” for the Trump administration.
In 2013, Parnas founded a firm he named “Fraud Guarantee”. Parnas had chosen the name after he personally experienced cleaning up his Google search results after accusations of fraud in previous ventures. Florida authorities had apparently dissolved Fraud Guarantee in September 2014 for failing to file an annual report, which would have limited the company to activities related to closing itself down.
Parnas moved to Florida in 1995 and became a broker, working for firms including Euro-Atlantic Securities, Mammoth Bullion and Monolith Bullion. He later founded Parnas Holdings. After a failed film project, he partnered with Igor Fruman in an energy related venture. The Miami Herald maintains he “left a long trail of debts in Florida and beyond.”
Lev Parnas (born February 6, 1972) is an American businessman and associate of Rudy Giuliani along with Igor Fruman. Parnas, Giuliani, and Fruman are involved in the Trump–Ukraine scandal. President Trump claims he was not fully aware of their efforts in 2018 and 2019 to pressure Ukraine to launch an investigation into a political rival.
Parnas was born in Odessa, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, in 1972 to a Jewish family. His family brought him at the age of three to the U.S., first to Detroit, and then a year later to Brooklyn. He was a student at Brooklyn College and Baruch College. He also worked at Kings Highway Realty, where he sold Trump Organization co-ops.