Speaking to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last Wednesday, Lev Parnas said that President Trump “knew exactly what was going on” regarding the effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.
“He was aware of all my movements,” Parnas told Maddow. “I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the president. I have no intent, I have no reason to speak to any of these officials.”
In that same interview, Parnas, a Soviet-born businessman and former associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, went on to implicate multiple people in Trump’s administration of having direct knowledge of his dealings in Ukraine, including Attorney General William Barr.
“Attorney General Barr was basically on the team,” Parnas said, adding that Barr communicated often with Giuliani and “had to have known everything.”
Now, according to Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Rebecca Ballhaus, Parnas is requesting that Barr recuse himself from the Southern District Of New York’s (SDNY) investigation into him.
“Lev Parnas has filed a letter in court—and sent a copy to the DOJ—requesting for Barr to recuse himself from the SDNY investigation into Parnas’s campaign donations and business dealings,” Ballhaus tweeted this Monday.
Lev Parnas has filed a letter in court—and sent a copy to the DOJ—requesting for Barr to recuse himself from the SDNY investigation into Parnas’s campaign donations and business dealings. pic.twitter.com/DQsf1fxiSh
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) January 20, 2020
Trump boasts he’s about to declare Antifa a ‘Terrorist Organization’
Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday morning to announce that he will be "designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."
The brief tweet followed several others blaming violence at George Floyd protests on the loosely organized group of anarchists.
The president wrote, "The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."
You can see the tweets below:
The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2020
Make cops pay for their crimes and end ‘qualified immunity’: conservative columnist
Writing for the conservative Bulwark, the vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute explained that the time has come for police officers who have been accused of crimes be treated like any other Americans and not be handed the shield of "qualified immunity" that protects them from paying the price for breaking the law.
As Cato's Clark Neily wrote, in light of the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers -- now all fired -- it is time for a reappraisal of legal protections provided to law enforcement personnel.
Big hints lie in the official complaint against Derek Chauvin — and surprising details are left out: ex-prosecutor
In a column for CNN, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig reviewed the criminal complaint filed against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and said it gives clues as to the direction prosecutors are likely to follow to convict the alleged killer of Georg Floyd -- but it also leaves out key elements of the case that should be brought before a jury.
As Honig wrote, the case against Chauvin is strong but may not go far enough.