Parnas, in rare interview, undermines House Dems’ claims that Trump team surveilled Ukraine ambassador

Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, on Wednesday night unequivocally undercut House Democrats’ explosive new suggestion that Trump associates had the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch under surveillance, saying text messages that seemingly suggested Yovanovitch was being monitored were just the ramblings of a “drunk.”

Speaking to MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Parnas repeatedly said prominent Trump donor Robert F. Hyde wasn’t being serious when he claimed to know Yovanovitch’s whereabouts. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif, wrote Tuesday that Hyde’s texts indicated “that he had Ambassador Yovanovitch under physical surveillance.”

“I don’t believe it was true, I think he was either drunk or was trying to make himself bigger than he was,” Parnas told Rachel Maddow, adding that he was “disturbed” by the “crazy” text messages. “I didn’t take it seriously, and if you see, I didn’t even respond to it most of the time.”

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