Lev Parnas, who worked for Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, is now urging the courts to stop Attorney General Bill Barr from running an investigation into him due to his involvement. in the Ukraine scandal.
Last week, during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Parnas claimed that Donald Trump “knew exactly what was going on” regarding the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.
“He was aware of all my movements,” Parnas told Maddow. “I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the president. I have no intent, I have no reason to speak to any of these officials.”
Parnas went on to say in that same interview that Barr himself was involved in the scheme.
“Attorney General Barr was basically on the team,” Parnas said, adding that Barr communicated often with Giuliani and “had to have known everything.”
Now, according to Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Rebecca Ballhaus, Parnas is requesting that Barr recuse himself from the Southern District Of New York’s (SDNY) investigation into him.
“Lev Parnas has filed a letter in court—and sent a copy to the DOJ—requesting for Barr to recuse himself from the SDNY investigation into Parnas’s campaign donations and business dealings,” Ballhaus tweeted this Monday.
Lev Parnas has filed a letter in court—and sent a copy to the DOJ—requesting for Barr to recuse himself from the SDNY investigation into Parnas’s campaign donations and business dealings. pic.twitter.com/DQsf1fxiSh
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) January 20, 2020