Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, claims GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham “was in the loop” about their efforts in Ukraine to uncover dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden. https://t.co/rBb1nC4vRG pic.twitter.com/lEgPB8gUQ7
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 30, 2020
Courtesy of Newsweek:
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham was “in the loop” about efforts to dig up dirt on the Bidens in Ukraine, Lev Parnas claimed in an interview on Wednesday.
The indicted former associate of Rudy Giuliani told CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° that the South Carolina Republican was “in the loop just like everyone else,” and claimed to have “a lot of information about his dealings.”
But Parnas also said he did not know if Graham was “deeply involved” and clarified that he had not been in direct contact with the senator.
The Florida businessman’s claims came after his lawyer Joseph Bondy told the Daily Beast Giuliani showed Parnas a letter, allegedly given to Sen. Graham, that urged for sanctions to be levied against Ukrainian officials—including an official who ran the company where Hunter Biden served as a board member.
Speaking about Sen. Graham, Parnas claimed to have “a lot of information about his dealings” due to his relationship with Giuliani.
The indicted businessman said: “It was surreal then to watch Lindsey Graham up there… he’s out there talking about all this stuff, that this is a sham, this should go away, when at the end of the day, he was in the loop just like everyone else.”
“He was aware of what was going on, going back to at least 2018, maybe even earlier,” Parnas added.
CNN host Cooper asked: “So you’re saying Sen. Lindsey Graham knew about you and Mr. Giuliani’s efforts in Ukraine?”
“Absolutely, just like I said,” the former GOP donor said. “First of all, Sen. Graham was involved before even I got involved with Mayor Giuliani. So he had to have been in the loop, and he had to have known what was going on.”
After being pushed further to confirm whether he was claiming Graham knew of the efforts to “dig up dirt” on the Bidens in Ukraine, as Cooper put it, Parnas responded “one million percent.” He added that Giuliani told him on “several occasions” that he had spoken with the senator “about the situation.”
Okay, my question is was there anybody NOT complicit with this Ukraine scheme?
Oh Lindsey, you got some ‘splaining to do!