Lev Parnas, a former associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, dropped a major bombshell on the impeachment proceedings in an MSNBC interview on Thursday — and one of Parnas’ targets was Attorney General William Barr.
According to The Washington Times, Parnas charged Barr with being complicit with Trump’s alleged attempt to pressure Ukraine into launching an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden.
Now, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has come forward to respond to the allegations, saying that everything is coming out of Parnas’ mouth about Barr is “100% false.”
The Ukraine debacle
Throughout the entire Ukraine “scandal,” Attorney General Barr has maintained he knew nothing about any plans to pressure the Ukrainian president into investigating Hunter Biden’s role at Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.
As a matter of fact, when the transcript from Trump’s July 25, 2019, phone call with Ukraine’s president was made public and Barr’s name was mentioned, Barr was reportedly “surprised and angry” to learn that his name had been brought up at all.
At the time, the DOJ stated: “The Attorney General has not communicated with Ukraine — on this or any other subject. Nor has the Attorney General discussed this matter, or anything relating to Ukraine, with Rudy Giuliani.”
Parnas, however, disagrees.
“On the team”
According to Parnas, Barr played an integral part in whatever scheme Giuliani was allegedly running to try to nail Joe Biden for corruption.
On Barr’s involvement in the matter, Parnas stated: “Mr. Barr had to have known everything,” and went on to sat that “Attorney General Barr was basically on the team.”
To make his case, Parnas has supplied Democrats with a bunch of pictures from a VIP campaign event — but they prove nothing. Nobody is challenging the fact that Giuliani knew and was working with Parnas, but the rest of his story is a bit far-fetched.
Parnas is trying to play off a bunch of photobombs as proof that he was a member of the Trump inner circle, but anyone with common sense can see exactly what these pictures portray: a donor who was happy to just be able to get a picture with Trump.
Not one thing Parnas has said or produced proves any of his claims. We have nothing more than someone offering his opinion of what he thought was actually going on. And in a court of law, that will simply not stand up to scrutiny.