Key Ukrainian official responds to Parnas’ Trump allegations


Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko speaks with CNN's Christiane Amanpour following a claim by Soviet-born business man Lev Parnas that President Trump was directly involved through his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani in an alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine.

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75 Comments on "Key Ukrainian official responds to Parnas’ Trump allegations"

  1. Roald Shakleton | January 16, 2020 at 5:37 PM | Reply

    This dude doesn’t want to cross Trump, who is backed by Putin. Ukraine is being squeeze at both ends.

    • @Zaphod Dog I once shot 10 cats out from under a Peugeot 505 outside Moscow.. Never nicked the paint or the undercarriage…

    • @Roald Shakleton Is that illegal. There are many foreign leaders who support and want Trump to be the president.

    • @Roald Shakleton and why wouldn’t it matter to Putin or any foreign leaders? They are the people who have to deal with our president. Could you think of anyone who would want to talk to Hillary Clinton? I can’t.

    • @Peter McCoy You dumb? Why would this dude bite the hand that feeds him, (America/Trump), in this interview? Christiana Amanpour herself is already stupid enough for both of you to even talk to him, Lev Parnas never even mentioned this dude’s name!!!!

    • Roald Shakleton | January 16, 2020 at 9:12 PM | Reply

      @Glenn Price And they said, ” Sir, you’re absolutely correct, sir. I am a Democrat and I will vote for the most perfectly perfect perfection for president, sir.

  2. Torre de Papel | January 16, 2020 at 5:40 PM | Reply

    “I don’t know him, never met him, I was not mentioned by him, but I don’t trust him ”
    Really ??
    And we don’t trust your red whiskey nose. Sorry. 🙄

  3. the rocks will be turned over soon enough, he’s putting on a good face.

    • @Raymond Serpa actually no, he had till the end of the fiscal year which ended back in Oct I think. Further more he only had 45 days allowed to hold the aid. Republican senators are on record, touting that the aid was only held for 53 days.

      Add ontop of that trump was required to inform congress of the hold… he didnt… and he was required to inform congress of a reason why… he didnt…

    • @untseac it’s not questionable. It’s literally the law which any american can figure out for themselves with minimal research. Read the act. Then ask yourself

      Did trump notify congress of the hold? No, congress found out about the hold through the whistle blower complaint

      Did trump give congress reasons for the hold? No, trump tried to cover up the hold all together, later claiming it was to fight corruption but this claim was not done under oath because the president refused to cooperate.

      Did trump release the aid within the 45 days the president is legally allowed to hold it? No. It took atleast 53 days for the aid to be released and was only released after trump was informed that congress had begun an investigation into the hold and the reasons for it. The house began an investigation because they learned of the hold through the whistle blower complaint. This should never have happened as they should have already been informed of the hold.

      It’s not rocket science

    • @untseac the real question here is are you going to give trump a free pass for breaking the law and lying to every single american including you about it? It’s what Republicans want to do.

      Personally I’m in favor of holding our elected officials to account.

      I’m waiting for the “but moooooom the democrats did it toooo” defense now, which yea is as pathetic as it sounds. No one should get free passes, the other guys guilt/incompetence is not an excuse for your own.

    • @deamonomic sure, it’s so no questionable that there is this back and forward between OMB and GAO and friends. I don’t care which side is right but it’s obvious that this whole thing is not clear cut. You just picked a side.

    • @untseac yea, I picked the side that supports the law. Like trump hate trump. It is clear as day he violated that law.

      I have looked over all of the evidence, testimony, the transcript, the whistleblower complaint, I’ve watched the impeachment hearings and listened to both sides.

      Trumps own choice of words on the call and in the transcript link the aid to the investigations.

      Now you can either argue that trump can speak properly and did so knowing full well the context of his words and what his choice of words would imply, which if this is your argument, you have to admit trumps word choice links the aid to the investigations.

      OR you can argue that trump didnt speak properly. Either way trumps choice in words on that call reflect and corroborate the whistle blower complaint.

      Ontop of which trump broke the law in holding the aid which he then linked to the investigations. Trump attempted to hide all this from congress.

      So yes. I have picked a side because trump has blocked anyone who could disprove any of this from testifying. Trump could have ended this months ago but literally asked the house to impeach him so things could move to a trial in the Senate. In reality Republicans havent addressed a single thing. They all just say “its hearsay so it dont count”. But that’s not even how hearsay works! Hearsay is inadmissible in court *unless* it meets the requirements for an exception to the rule of which there are many. Video, audio, picture evidence that’s all hearsay evidence that needs to be corroborated to be admitted.

      Trumps actions regarding the aid and his words in the transcript corroborates the whistle blowers complaint. Then you have the mountain of supporting details.

      Republicans only defense is to say this is all biased and refuse to admit that people had a legitimate reason to believe that trump was witholding the aid for investigations which were political in nature

  4. One of the guys that ghouliani got to when he was their.
    Really how many people in and supporting this administration have travelled to Ukraine to threaten or buy off these people .

  5. Sounds like another one who doesn’t want to go to jail for Trumps work!

  6. Ukrainian guy is terrified, being put in this spot

  7. Trump* (on Parnas): “I don’t know him”.
    Parnas (on Trump): “He came to my house”.

  8. Who cares about him…they got the documents

  9. I just hope Parnas has receipts or all this will just mean nothing.

    • Jasko Hodzic Did you hear the audio of Schiff trying to get naked pictures of Trump from the comics posing as Russians? Hilarious! Schiff is a fraud!

    • There are text messages.

    • @Spearhand no. Kinda like when, you and I read the call notes for ourselves and found that Trump did in fact ask Ukraine to investigate Biden, and then Trump started saying it was a “perfect call” and read those call notes. As if we’d all just not see for ourselves he’d asked another country to investigate American citizens, one of whom just happened to be running against him.

      I get that some of us love Trump. I love democracy so I’m alright with people loving and voting for whoever they want. But, I can’t understand why that means we all have to personally attack one another about it, and why it means we have to pretend we didn’t see what we saw, we didn’t hear what we heard.

      I love me some Obama. And I was still out here protesting his droning, his mass deportations and I was critical of his failure to call a racist Spade a racist Spade in his public address about the Zimmerman trial.

      I’m not understanding why people are actually out here pretending that Trump isn’t acting shady. It’s one thing to acknowledge it and just say we don’t care. It’s another thing to deny gaslight ourselves about what he does.

    • @black pearl nope about what?

    • @Rod Allen doh, so stupid you couldn’t tell he was trying to gather info about the caller. Here’s your sign.

  10. He said kept saying he never “Met” those people he didnt say he never heard them????

    • @Micheal Albert After all that has happened in the past 3 years do you believe that Trump is not an idiot?

    • Micheal Albert
      Trump is an idiot. Any half decent politician would have engaged in such a scheme in a way that would have ensured there was plausible deniability and they wouldn’t have left their fingerprints all over it.

      But Trump has never needed to operate in that manner doing real estate deals. He’s always been able to get away with acting like a mafia thug since he had no real oversight. But that doesn’t work in government where there is accountability. So yes, he is too stupid to realize that he can’t operate in the same way as he used to in his civilian life. He just doesn’t understand how he is expected to act in a moral and ethical way. And for that he will pay the price.

    • @keir farnum so true

    • @keir farnum and also note how any trump supporters all have to be so loud and bullying with name calling because that’s all they have left

    • @Micheal Albert -If you don’t think Dump is an idiot than you must be part of the Fox fake news propaganda cult! Stop watching that Fox propaganda channel which works for Dump, they only exist to protect Dump and will do anything to lie for him, so if anyone is being mislead, it is you!

  11. Sherri Greeydelinarez | January 16, 2020 at 5:57 PM | Reply

    Gulliani just came back from over there he ” Paid them to keep their Mouth Shut!! This guy has been paid off! Eyes wide Open! 😎

  12. He says “Believe me.” Guess who frequently says “Believe me”? People who mostly lie.

  13. Future leaders won’t interact with him if he’s caught deliberately lying .

  14. Proctor’s Gamble | January 16, 2020 at 6:06 PM | Reply

    Pence: What’s your favorite lie?
    Impotus: I don’t lie.
    Pence: Mine too!

  15. This guy is lying through his teeth via ducking and dodging a direct answer to her question.

  16. The phone call totally contradicts everything this man has said he must think people are totally stupid.Typical politician.

    • The Counselor Ace | January 16, 2020 at 9:59 PM | Reply

      That guybislying threw his teeth, I swear this corruption is the worst thing that could ever happen to America, Trump and the Republican party need to be Fired, theybsre corrupt as it gets.

    • @kale n And then there is you.Trump has not lied to one time.You need to get the real story before CNN and MSM twist it smack it up flip it rub it down regurgitate it for fools to eat it up like it’s true.America knows what’s up.It is too late to come up with more lies.Three years of this and demo supporters still pee themselves over bullhonky.

    • @The Counselor Ace Wrong.Bassackerds.Soros is proud of you puppets.

    • @Gary Rosie you are a liar yourself. Washington post

    • @Gary Rosie keep believing that. And keep believing we will accept a dictator and an incompetent one at that for ANY reason. Will not be allowed to happen. You better be prepared to force a dictatorship upon us and give your life to do so because we will give our lives to prevent it. Is that what you want for your legacy? He gave his life to force his countrymen to live in a right wing evangelical authoritarian state? My legacy will be the exact opposite. You can count on it. Live free or die. Sic sempre tyrannus.

  17. There has to be movie in the future about all of this. We are literally watching a movie right now in real life. Crooked people everywhere.

    • It reminds me of the soap operas of the late 70’s early 80’s. Keep the audience on the edge of their seats. LOL!!!!!!

  18. Branch Claybourne | January 16, 2020 at 6:34 PM | Reply

    We know he can’t speak the truth, Ukraine is still under pressure…

  19. Let me translate for you; This is an American mess, We’re keeping out of this until we know the unstable genius is out of office so he don’t retaliate against us.

  20. Vadym looks like he is being held hostage or has been told ” lye or…”

    • san juanita cruz | January 16, 2020 at 9:14 PM | Reply

      Lie or die. 🤔🤔🤔🤔😂🤣

    • They sent him photos of his family “on vacation “.

    • tim weatherill | January 16, 2020 at 10:06 PM | Reply

      “Lye”? He’s making soap? But I do think so, too. Ukraine does NOT want to get tangled in this net.

    • I’m going to assume you’ve never been over to that part of the world. If so you might know that the men as well as a women do not put on a show. He stands straight he’s polished and isn’t full I’d expression like we are here. That’s what I seen in that area. That just how they are.

    • Vadym could be on Trump’s staff with these answers. The reason he’s lying: Ukraine has everything to lose and nothing to gain by lying for Trump. This utterly disgusting and vile of how Trump coerces others to lie.

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