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Monday, January 20, 2020

Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, has sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr requesting that he recuse himself from the investigation and appoint a special prosecutor, according to a new court filing.

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In his letter to Barr, Parnas' attorney cites the president's July 2019 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump mentions Barr as a point person for a possible investigation. It also notes the August 2019 whistleblower complaint, a call for recusal by Senate Democrats on the judiciary committee and one from the New York City Bar Association.

In an interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that aired last Wednesday, Parnas alleged that Barr was aware of the effort, now at the center of Trump's impeachment.

"Mr. Barr had to have known everything," Parnas said.

"Attorney General Barr was basically on the team," he added.

The letter says federal prosecutors have refused to meet with Parnas and delayed the production of discovery evidence in his case. As a result, Parnas "was rendered unable to comply with a duly-issued congressional subpoena in time for congressional investigators to make complete use of his material or properly assess Mr. Parnas as a potential witness," the letter says.

"Given the totality of the circumstances, we believe it is appropriate for you to recuse yourself from the ongoing investigation and pending prosecution of Mr. Parnas," reads the three-paged letter, which was signed by his defense lawyer Joseph Bondy.

Even though Barr can claim that he has no intimate knowledge about the Ukraine scheme, Trump's own words from the Zelensky call memo where he twice says to the Ukraine President "I will tell Rudy and Attorney General Barr to call," implicate Barr even if the aforementioned is true.

This will be interesting to watch play out.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-01-20 06:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I love how a guy who was indicted for colluding with Russia to interfere with US elections is now the Left's favorite "whistleblower".

You can't make this shht up.

#2 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-01-20 06:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"indicted for colluding with Russia to interfere with US elections"

Fake news!

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-20 07:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He wasn't actually colluding as much as he was helping with laundering of foreign money which was then contributed to various Republican candidates and PAC's. But it's not like this was anything new. After all, in the 2016 election, it was the NRA which handled this task. If we could have indicted the NRA thus putting someone like Wayne Lapierre in jeopardy, who knows, he might have gone on the Rachel Maddow Show and spilled his guts as well.

OCU

#4 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-01-20 07:55 PM | Reply

I love how a guy who was indicted for colluding with Russia to interfere with US elections is now the Left's favorite "whistleblower".
You can't make this shht up.

#2 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

As I'm sure you know, if you really are a lawyer, some of the best testimony in a criminal conspiracy comes from other criminals including those involved in the crime.

#5 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-01-20 11:50 PM | Reply

He's not a "whistleblower," he's just a criminal who is protecting his own --- by making sure his co-conspirators don't get to pin everything on him. He's certainly not a leftie, and we don't particularly care to have him on our team. We don't mind him explaining to everyone what part he had to play in the ever-growing criminal enterprise that the right still can't seem to explain away, let alone defend.

You righties haven't offered up any reason to consider that POUTS isn't completely guilty, but you sure do have a lot of excuses for why this is all the left's fault...LOL.

#6 | Posted by chuffy at 2020-01-20 11:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

typo, but it still works...

#7 | Posted by chuffy at 2020-01-20 11:58 PM | Reply

some of the best testimony in a criminal conspiracy comes from other criminals including those involved in the crime.
#5 | POSTED BY WHODAMAN

Doesn't make it factual.

#8 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-01-21 12:20 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Fun to watch the DR Left squirm in defending this crook because he is telling them what they want to hear.

#9 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-01-21 12:35 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"he is telling them what they want to hear."

The truth?
Now why would only one side want to hear the truth...

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-01-21 01:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

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Funny how Parnas was a great guy when he was handing out cash to Rudy and the republicans... but now that he revealing his records he's a criminal.

#11 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-01-21 01:34 AM | Reply

It's fun watching the right cry "He is OUR criminal! Find you own!!!"

#12 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2020-01-21 05:39 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Fun to watch the DR Left squirm in defending this crook because he is telling them what they want to hear."

Funny to watch you pretend we are defending him when all we want is for him to testify and for Barr To recuse himself since he was up to his eyeballs involved in the whole mess. We don't need to defend criminals but that doesn't mean we don't want them to turn on their buddies and testify. That's you side that wants to suppress testimony and evidence, try to keep it straight in your head if you can.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2020-01-21 08:01 AM | Reply

I love how a guy who was indicted for colluding with Russia to interfere with US elections is now the Left's favorite "whistleblower".

You can't make this shht up.

#2 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

I love how with all that we know the right is still primarily concerned with partisan politics and sticking it to libruls.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-21 08:19 AM | Reply

Doesn't make it factual.

#8 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

You have no idea how pathetic you look.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-21 08:20 AM | Reply

Fun to watch the DR Left squirm in defending this crook because he is telling them what they want to hear.

#9 | POSTED BY RIGHTOCENTER

Sad to watch the right sell their soul and country for a POS like Trump.

You do know you'll never be able to wash that stench off, right?

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2020-01-21 08:21 AM | Reply

I love how a guy who was indicted for colluding with Russia to interfere with US elections is now the Left's favorite "whistleblower".

When did "the Left" declare him their "favorite?"

My favorite whistleblower is the CIA officer who went to Congress about the Ukraine scandal after his agency's top lawyer cozied up to the White House.

Who's yours?

#17 | Posted by JOE at 2020-01-21 08:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

ROC, a supposed lawyer, thinks criminals aren't brought down all the time by reliable testimony from other criminals.

What do you think of the text messages he produced? All fake?

#18 | Posted by JOE at 2020-01-21 08:30 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#2 ... I love how a guy who was indicted for colluding with Russia to interfere with US elections is now the Left's favorite "whistleblower". ...

He's not a whistleblower.

He has been cooperating with prosecution, probably to get a lighter sentence. Similar to what other associates of Pres Trump has done, e.g., Mr Flynn, Mr Papadopoulos, Mr Cohen, Mr Gates, etc.

For me, the question I want to ask is along the lines of the following... why are so many of Pres Trump's close associates either under investigation, indicted, convicted or in jail?

#19 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-21 09:47 AM | Reply

Doesn't make it factual.

#8 | POSTED BY ANDREAMACKRIS

Of course it doesn't. It also doesn't make it false. That is why you subpoena records and documents, or other witness testimony, to either confirm or refute his claims. Seriously, this guy is a close associate of the Trump administration. Everyone knows that anyone like that will lie at the drop of a hat. He could be telling the truth, but no one thinks a Trump associate feels any obligation to tell the truth.

But, part of his complaints are that the Justice department is not complying with said document requests. If you think this guy's claims are wrong, why are you not pushing for the Justice department to comply with the request that would provide all the exculpatory (that means you have anything that shows your innocence, for you dumb Trumpers out there) evidence that contradict his claims? If you are right and his claims are not factual, they should go ahead and release the documents so that his claims can be publicly refuted, and this won't be hanging over Trump's head.

#20 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2020-01-21 11:24 AM | Reply

@#8 ... Doesn't make it factual. ...

Mr Parnas, in addition to what he has been saying, has been providing documentation and other evidence to back up a lot of what he has been saying.

For example, his claim that VP Pence engaged in a quid pro quo for the Ukrainian inauguration was given credibility by testimony under oath during the House investigations.

If you listen to what prosecutors say, yes, his statements are subject to skepticism. But the level of skepticism diminishes as corroborating evidence emerges.

I suspect we have only begun to see the documentation and evidence that Mr Parnas has. I suspect there is a reason why Pres Trump and Mr Giuliani have been trying to distance themselves from him and make his role seem insignificant.

#21 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-01-21 12:22 PM | Reply

Parnas and Drumpf go waaaaay back. Parnas used to work for Fred Drumpf.

#22 | Posted by chuffy at 2020-01-21 01:05 PM | Reply

Looks like Parnas went to the media because Barr is using the DOJ to go after him, despite Barr being implicated in the issue by multiple people, the POTUS included.

You righties keep finding those talking points, though, it's entertaining to watch the lengths you'll go to pretend that there's nothing to see here. LOL. Traitors, and you're not very good at it, either.

#23 | Posted by chuffy at 2020-01-21 01:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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