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Indicted Giuliani associate Lev Parnas says Trump 'knew exactly what was going on'

Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani who worked to open doors for him in Ukraine, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Wednesday that his actions weren't a secret.

"President Trump knew exactly what was going on," he said. "He was aware of all my movements. 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."

Parnas was arrested last fall and charged with campaign finance violations. Along with his business partner Igor Fruman, Parnas helped set up meetings for Giuliani with Ukrainian officials while Giuliani was looking to dig up dirt on a Trump political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden. Trump's attempt to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into launching an investigation into the Bidens and the Democratic National Committee is central to the impeachment articles passed by the House.

Zelensky and other leaders "have no reason to speak to me," Parnas told Maddow, adding, "Who am I? They were told to meet with me. And that's the secret they're trying to keep. I was on the ground doing their work."