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

Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMyPillow CEO says boycotts have cost him M Dominion targets MyPillow's Mike Lindell with .3B defamation suit Trump legal troubles may not be over despite Senate acquittal MORE’s associate, Lev Parnas, told MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowLeague of Conservation Voters adds racial justice issues to 2020 congressional scorecard Newly released footage shows Schumer's 'near miss' with Capitol rioters Without Trump, late-night 'comedy' becomes even more insufferable MORE during an interview on Wednesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE "knew exactly what was going on” with the efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former vice president and 2020 rival Joe BidenJoe BidenHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears 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.


“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.