Parnas to Maddow: 'President Trump knew exactly what was going on'

Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiThe Hill's Campaign Report: GOP set to ask SCOTUS to limit mail-in voting CIA found Putin 'probably directing' campaign against Biden: report Democrats fear Russia interference could spoil bid to retake Senate MORE’s associate, Lev Parnas, told MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowGOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power Schiff urges Trump administration members to resign: 'You cannot maintain your silence' Michael Cohen: Trump hates Obama because he's everything he 'wants to be' MORE during an interview on Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE "knew exactly what was going on” with the efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice president and 2020 rival Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins MORE.

Parnas made the comments after Maddow asked what was the “main inaccuracy or the main lie being told that you feel like you can correct.”

He responded: “That the president didn’t know what was going on. President Trump knew exactly what was going on.

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“He was aware of all of my movements,” he added. “I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president.”

Parnas added that Trump’s claim that he didn’t know Parnas was a lie. 

Parnas is reportedly looking for ways to cooperate with prosecutors after he was indicted for campaign law violations and pleaded not guilty. The prosecutors are investigating Giuliani's interactions in Ukraine.

He has been thrown into the center of the impeachment storm after turning over evidence to the House citing the Trump administration and Giuliani’s efforts to coerce Ukraine to investigate Biden and his son. The records, which the House released Tuesday, include texts between Giuliani and Parnas.

The impeachment inquiry began when a whistleblower reported a phone call in which Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden.

The president has claimed he was not involved in Giuliani's efforts, but Parnas is now contradicting that.

--This report was updated on Jan. 16 at 9:08 a.m.