Parnas said it was he who "performed" the work of Trump and Giuliani, "and that is the secret they are trying to keep."
"Why would the inner circle of President Zelensky, or Minister Avakov, or all these people, or President Poroshenko, meet me? Who am I? They were instructed to meet me," he said.
Democrats claim Trump abused his office by running a lobbying campaign for Ukraine to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for $ 400 million in US security aid and a White House meeting. . Trump, Democrats say, has blocked congressional investigators to cover up misconduct.
"I don't know them," Trump told reporters after being arrested. "I don't know about them. I don't know what they do, but I don't know, maybe they were Rudy's clients. You would have to ask Rudy, I just don't know."
During the meeting, Parnas said that "the big guy," as Trump sometimes referred to in conversation, talked about commissioning him and Fruman from what Parnas described as "a secret mission" to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate Biden, the two confidants. . said.
In the days following the meeting, Parnas insinuated the two people he trusted that he clearly believed that the President had been given a special designation; as some kind of "James Bond mission," according to one person.