As he continues to rail against the fact that he’s being impeached for his attempt to bribe Ukraine into investigating the Biden family in exchange for $390 million worth of military aid, the news on other legal fronts is sure to have the resident of the White House on pins and needles, too.
Remember the names Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman? They’re the henchmen/associates of Rudy Giuliani who were trying to get dirt on Joe and Hunter Biden while urging the Ukrainian government to open criminal investigations into the former vice president and his son. And they’re both facing numerous criminal charges, including conspiring to violate the ban on foreign donations and contributions in connection with federal and state elections, conspiring to make contributions in connection with federal elections in the names of others, and making false statements and falsifying records.
Federal prosecutors are now hinting there will be more charges against Parnas and Fruman, which would be covered in a superseding indictment that would also likely include Giuliani, who just so happens to have been Donald Trump’s personal attorney. And that information has prompted Parnas to signal that he’s ready to cut a deal with prosecutors, according to The Guardian:
“The lawyer familiar with the investigation, who requested anonymity since he was not authorized to discuss it, said: ‘There are some plea negotiations under way with regards to Parnas,’ and the federal prosecutors in New York’s southern district which brought the charges; but he noted that ‘a proffer by Parnas’ attorney [has] not been accepted at this time.'”
But the most interesting tidbit from the Guardian’s report is that Parnas could be instrumental in helping indict Giuliani and also providing information regarding criminal actions by President Trump:
“Ex-prosecutors say a plea deal would probably require Parnas to offer more information about Giuliani and probably others he had contacts with, including possibly Trump and the Republican congressman Devin Nunes.
Ex-prosecutor Paul Rosenzweig said plea deals typically require defendants to provide truthful testimony about other possible defendants which in Parnas’s case would include Giuliani. ‘That prospect has to make Mr Giuliani uncomfortable,’ he said. ‘It might also make Representative Nunes and President Trump uncomfortable as well.'”
Additionally, it should be noted that Parnas is also cooperating with congressional officials who are working on drafting articles of impeachment against Trump. He and Fruman could both wind up being witnesses against the president as impeachment moves forward and goes to the Senate for a trial.
Things are getting worse for Trump by the day. By the time Parnas is finished telling what he knows, impeachment may be the least of the president’s worries.