Lev Parnas, Indicted Rudy Giuliani Associate, Releases Video Set To MC Hammer Hit Of Himself And Donald Trump

Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani associate who allegedly aided the campaign to pressure Ukraine, has seemingly turned against Donald Trump in a recently-released video.

Lev Parnas and wife arrive at a courthouse.
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Lev Parnas, the Rudy Giuliani associate who allegedly aided the campaign to pressure Ukraine, has seemingly turned against Donald Trump in a recently-released video.

Lev Parnas, the Soviet Union-born businessman who, along with business partner Igor Fruman, was a close associate of Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Now, reportedly, he is cooperating with a House Intelligence Committee investigation into Trump and Giuliani’s alleged pressure campaign against Ukraine. According to a CNN report on Monday, Parnas has now turned over “photos, dozens of text messages, and thousands of pages of documents” to the committee, which is spearheading the impeachment investigation of Trump over his purported attempt to leverage Ukraine into staging an investigation of Democrat Joe Biden.

Seemingly, Parnas also wants his links to Trump himself to be made public. In October, Parnas and Fruman were arrested and charged with campaign finance violations — over allegations that they illegally funneled hundreds of thousands in Russian cash to a Trump-supporting political action committee and to other Republicans. After which, Trump claimed that he did not know Parnas or Fruman.

“I don’t know who they are. I mean, I guess maybe I met them, or maybe I took pictures with them,” Trump said at the time. “I take pictures with a lot of people.”

Parnas, through his lawyer Joseph Bondy, released a pair of videos on Tuesday showing that Trump took multiple pictures with Parnas. The video montage is set to a soundtrack of the 1990 rap music hit “Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer.

The video also links Parnas to Giuliani and Pete Sessions. Sessions, a former Texas congressional rep, has been linked in testimony and documents to the Ukraine scandal, and also received campaign cash from Parnas and Fruman.

A second video released via Twitter by Bondy includes photos of Parnas with Trump’s son-in-law and Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, as well as with Trump’s two oldest sons, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

Parnas has requested that he be called to testify before the House Intelligence Committee and could, in theory, be called to testify as a witness in any Senate impeachment trial of Trump.

Asked by the political site Axios if the text messages and other materials that Parnas has now handed over to Congress could prove hurtful to Trump, Bondy replied, “They aren’t helpful.”

If called, Parnas could be asked about reports that one month before his arrest, he received an unexplained $1 million payment from a Russian bank account.

Parnas could also be asked to explain his claim that, as CNN reported, at a 2018 White House Hanukkah party, Trump took him into a private room and personally assigned him a “secret mission.”

Reportedly, the mission was to pressure Ukraine into investigating Biden — an investigation that had it occurred could have damaged Biden’s campaign for president. At that time, as he is today, Biden was the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.