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Parnas: I Delivered Threat Over Biden Investigation - Page 2

Giuilani associate says Trump 'knew exactly what was going on'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2020 6:52 AM CST

  • Dems release more on Parnas connection. House Democrats released a trove of new documents showing Parnas' connections to Giuliani's shadow foreign policy in Ukraine, the Washington Post reports. Parnas attended functions with top Republicans and Trump family members, and enlisted an official at a pro-Trump super PAC to promote stories from Ukraine, including a claim that there had been a plot to help Hillary Clinton.
  • His "biggest regret." Parnas says he regrets helping the Ukraine pressure campaign—and trusting Trump and Giuliani. "My biggest regret is trusting so much," Parnas, who is now seeking to cooperate with prosecutors, tells the New York Times. "I thought I was being a patriot and helping the president" and "thought by listening to the president and his attorney that I couldn’t possibly get in trouble or do anything wrong," he says.
  • Giuliani "feels sorry for him." Giuliani said Wednesday that he "felt sorry" for Parnas and thought it was "sad" that he was sharing documents with House investigators because he wanted "attention." Giuliani has denied that he agreed to represent Parnas and Igor Fruman, another associate, so their Ukraine activities would be protected by attorney-client privilege.
  • Calls for investigation. There have been calls to investigate reports that Trump donor Robert Hyde said he was in touch with people who were monitoring Marie Yovanovitch, the US ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted last year, the Guardian reports. "If it’s real, it’s outrageous,” says John Herbst, Yovanovitch's predecessor. "Masha Yovanovitch is a real pro. She was used to being surveilled by the FSB [Russian intelligence], but if she’s being surveilled by a private American, that is truly dark side activity."
  • Hyde's shady history. The AP has more on Hyde, who is running for a House seat in Connecticut. He has "extensive financial and legal problems" and was ordered to turn over five firearms in July because of a protection order. The following week, members of a church asked police to tell Hyde to stay away because of his "unsettling behavior and political campaigning." He was escorted from the Trump National Doral golf club in May and sent for a mental health evaluation after claiming hit men, possibly disguised as landscapers, were "out to get him."
(Read more Trump impeachment stories.)

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