There’s been yet another twist in the Ukraine story. The New York Times is reporting Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, is saying through his attorney that he personally delivered a warning to the Ukrainian leadership to investigate Joe Biden back in May. From The New York Times:
“The associate, Lev Parnas, told a representative of the incoming government that it had to announce an investigation into Mr. Trump’s political rival, Joseph R. Biden Jr., and his son, or else Vice President Mike Pence would not attend the swearing-in of the new president, and the United States would freeze aid, the lawyer said.“
The Times reports that Parnas’ account is significant, but is being contradicted by others. Parnas is about to share his recollection with impeachment investigators.
The Times adds: “It would also represent a more extensive threat — to pull Mr. Pence from the inaugural delegation — than was previously known.“
Meanwhile, the Daily Beast is reporting the Ukrainians were gravely concerned with losing the military aid because of continue comments by Rudy Giuliani about Biden and his son.
“Two of those Ukrainian officials inquired with current and former U.S. officials, including an official at the State Department, about whether Giuliani’s efforts aligned with Washington’s thinking, and if the pressure campaign from Trump’s personal lawyer would impact a presidential White House meeting or the delivery of U.S. military aid, the sources said.“