Ukrainian-born business man and close associate of Rudy Giuliani, Lev Parnas, was indicted last month on campaign finance violations committed after he and his partner Igor Fruman donated to the campaign of President Donald Trump and a bevy of other Republican campaigns.
As Trump's and Giuliani's dealings with Ukraine face greater scrutiny with the ongoing impeachment inquiry against Trump, a lawyer for Lev Parnas told Reuters that Parnas intends to comply with the House impeachment inquiry:
“We will honor and not avoid the committee's requests to the extent they are legally proper, while scrupulously protecting Mr. Parnas' privileges including that of the Fifth Amendment."
The decision represents a stark change from Parnas's earlier actions when he refused to provide testimony or documents requested by the committee shortly after his arrest.
For his part, Trump claimed while talking to reporters last month that though he might have a picture with Parnas, he had know idea who Parnas was. There were, however, multiple pictures of Parnas with Trump and other famous faces in the rogues gallery of the White House, including with Donald Trump Jr. and, most commonly, the President's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Some think Parnas's cooperation will be damning.
@kylegriffin1 I get all giddy thinking about how terrified Rudy Giuliani is tonight. #inners #Maddow #LastWord… https://t.co/MN0NBfQHzF— Evan (@Evan)1572915755.0
@kylegriffin1 Everyone betrays donald at some point. You love to see it.— J. J (@J. J)1572913409.0
@kylegriffin1 Me irl https://t.co/7SwOTOUjmq— Wolverine Filled Moat Enthusiast (@Wolverine Filled Moat Enthusiast)1572913425.0
@kylegriffin1 I smell a rat and it smells glorious.— 🅝🅐🅣🅗🅐🅝 🅐🅣🅧 (@🅝🅐🅣🅗🅐🅝 🅐🅣🅧)1572913362.0
Others are more skeptical due to the loyalty Parnas has displayed to Trump in the past.
@kylegriffin1 Isn't that what Manafort said, too? Then it turned out to be a ploy to learn and pass info to the WH.… https://t.co/4ySAkuM8V6— Care for Earth. There is no escape plan. (@Care for Earth. There is no escape plan.)1572913751.0
@kylegriffin1 @JoyAnnReid I’m not holding my breath for a “we got him” moment. These scoundrels are slippery and if… https://t.co/IMkV2dgkwg— Schadenfreude (@Schadenfreude)1572925394.0
@kylegriffin1 My guess is Parnas is trying to leverage a pardon from Trump. The two know each other AND Parnas know… https://t.co/UbfosNGS4e— BDDriver (@BDDriver)1572958161.0
Giuliani's next cable news appearance should be interesting.