Pence denies Parnas allegations: 'I don't know the guy'

Vice President Pence on Thursday denied knowing Lev Parnas, describing as “completely false” the Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiMichael Cohen on Giuliani's legal fees: He won't get 'two cents' from Trump Lawyer for accused Capitol rioter says client had 'Foxitis,' 'Foxmania' Giuliani lays off staffers: report MORE associate’s allegations about his knowledge of a scheme at the center of the impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald TrumpCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Overnight Health Care: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for adolescents | Biden administration reverses limits on LGBTQ health protections Overnight Defense: US fires 30 warning shots at Iranian boats | Kabul attack heightens fears of Afghan women's fates | Democratic Party leaders push Biden on rejoining Iran deal MORE.

“I don’t know the guy,” Pence told reporters in Tampa, Fla., when asked about Parnas.

Pence, who is on a swing through Florida for Trump campaign events, said Parnas’s allegation that he was aware of efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner says election was not 'stolen,' calls Biden 'our president' Manchin, Biden huddle amid talk of breaking up T package Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE and his son Hunter was “completely false.”


Parnas, who was indicted on campaign finance charges last year, recently turned over documents to House investigators that shed light on a push by Giuliani and others to oust former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Former Ukrainian prosecutor says he was fired for not investigating Hunter Biden: report DOJ asks for outside lawyer to review Giuliani evidence MORE.

Parnas sat for an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowSchumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands Matt Taibbi: Rachel Maddow has become the new Bill O'Reilly Ocasio-Cortez eyeing T over 10 years for infrastructure MORE that aired Wednesday evening, leveling a series of allegations against Trump, Pence and others that the White House thus far has brushed off.

He claimed that Pence’s trip to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration in May was canceled because Ukraine hadn’t announced an investigation into the Bidens. He also suggested Pence was “in the loop” on the push for the investigation, adding, “He couldn’t have not known.”

Parnas also claimed that Pence was tasked to go Poland to meet with Zelensky in early September to press Kyiv to investigate the Bidens.

Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short previously denied Parnas’s claims, but Thursday’s remarks were the vice president’s first on the subject.

He also weighed in on the Democrat-controlled House’s decision to impeach Trump, dismissing it as a partisan exercise.

“I heard it and saw it in the crowd today — everywhere I go people see this partisan impeachment for what it is, an effort to overturn the results of the last election,” Pence told reporters.