Rudy Giuliani’s associate Lev Parnas, who recently claimed that President Trump knew everything about a pressure campaign to get Ukraine to open investigations into political rivals, has made good on his threat to release a photograph with the president every time he denies knowing him.
Trump denied knowing Parnas in October after Parnas and one of his associates were arrested on campaign finance charges. The president said at the time that it was possible he had a picture with him, but that it didn’t mean anything since he takes pictures with “everybody.”
“I welcome him to say that even more. Every time he says that I’ll show him another picture,” Parnas said a CNN interview. “He’s lying.”
Hours after making the threat, Trump maintained to reporters that he did not know Parnas beyond posing for a photo with the businessman.
“I don’t even know who this man is, other than I guess he attended fundraisers so I take a picture with him,” Trump told reporters at an Oval Office event to announce protections for prayer in public schools. “I take thousands and thousand of pictures with people all the time. Thousands during the course of a year.”
“I don’t know him at all,” Trump continued. “Don’t know what he’s about. Don’t know where he comes from. Know nothing about him. I can only tell you this thing is a big hoax.”
“I don’t know him. Perhaps he’s a fine man, perhaps he’s not,” Trump said, later adding, “I don’t believe I’ve ever spoken to him.”
“I don’t need the help of a man that I never met before other than perhaps taking a picture at a fundraiser,” he said.
Trump is now pretending like he doesn't know Lev Parnas and claims he doesn't need election help from foreign governments, while he is actively soliciting election meddling from foreign governments on his behalf. pic.twitter.com/VbRM8YikRV
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 16, 2020
An attorney representing Parnas responded to Trump’s remarks less than an hour later released a video showing the Trump and Parnas talking.
Bondy tweeted: “Here’s the ‘I don’t know him at all, don’t know what he’s about, don’t know where he comes from, know nothing about him’ guy, w Lev Parnas & Roman Nasirov, former head of Ukrainian Fiscal Service, at Mar-a-Lago 12/16.”
Here’s the “I don’t know him at all, don’t know what he’s about, don’t know where he comes from, know nothing about him” guy, w Lev Parnas & Roman Nasirov, former head of Ukrainian Fiscal Service, at Mar-a-Lago 12/16. @POTUS .@realDonaldTrump @Acosta #LevRemembers #LetLevSpeak pic.twitter.com/5B5QY2DJEg
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) January 16, 2020
Bondy has previously tweeted out multiple pictures of Parnas and Trump together:
After our trip to DC, we worked through the night providing a trove of Lev Parnas’ WhatsApp messages, text messages & images—not under protective order—to #HPSCI, detailing interactions with a number of individuals relevant to the impeachment inquiry. #LetLevSpeak #LevRemembers pic.twitter.com/HdHaCyZXIm
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) January 13, 2020
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) January 14, 2020