Gordan Sondland has purportedly said, “Every time Rudy gets involved, he goes and f**ks everything up.” That may become the tag line for the saga of Ukraine, because at this point, I think it’s likely that history will record that when things truly went south for Donald Trump was when Rudy Giuliani brought in his two thugs, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, to help him with a shadow government operation.
“Dammit Rudy,” Sondland said, according to Holmes. “Every time Rudy gets involved he goes and fucks everything up.” https://t.co/cQ0E9L8Qtx
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 16, 2019
Parnas met with Trump at Hanukkah and then told colleagues that he was on a “mission” for “the big man” meaning Trump. CNN:
In the days immediately following the meeting, Parnas insinuated to the two people he confided in that he clearly believed he’d been given a special assignment by the President; like some sort of “James Bond mission,” according to one of the people.–To Parnas, the chain of command was clear: Giuliani would issue the President’s directives while Parnas, who speaks fluent Russian, would be an on-the-ground investigator alongside Fruman, who has numerous business contacts in Ukraine.–“Parnas viewed the assignment as a great crusade,” says one of the people in whom Parnas confided. “He believed he was doing the right thing for Trump.”
The White House did not respond to repeated requests for comment to a series of questions regarding the meeting and Trump’s relationship with Parnas and Fruman.–Giuliani, through his lawyer, Robert Costello, denies that any private meeting took place that night at the White House, saying it was a mere handshake and photo opportunity. Costello also rejects Parnas’ claims of being put on a “James Bond” style mission, saying that Parnas is “no Sean Connery,” and that he suffers from “delusions of grandeur.”–Joseph A. Bondy, a lawyer for Parnas, told CNN, “Mr. Parnas at all times believed that he was acting only on behalf of the President, as directed by his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and never on behalf of any Ukrainian officials.”
This particular scenario is so nuts that if this were fantasy, it would partake of two cinema genres, the first being the mob movie, where the boss gives the little guy a special assignment, with the idea that he will rise through the ranks to importance and the second is the spy (or detective) parody, where some complete ditz gets the notion that what he’s doing is a big deal with global implications. Here, Parnas fits the description of the ditz, although we do not deny that what he was assigned to do, did indeed have the implications he thought. If anything, that fact only makes it more ridiculous or tragic, depending on your perspective. Ambassador Yovanovitch asked Friday in testimony, “How could our system fail like this? How is it that foreign corrupt interests could manipulate our government?” How? Vladimir Putin owns Donald Trump, that’s how.
Rudy Giuliani is going to be the downfall of Trump, is my happy prediction, and Parnas and Fruman will be the agents of his destruction and Ukraine the vehicle. Get ready to watch it play out and here’s a little piece of music to put you in the mood.