Yahoo News reports:
Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas said he was giving media interviews about his role in President Trump’s attempts to convince Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden because he wanted to protect himself from Attorney General William Barr.
Parnas made that claim in an interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, the second part of which aired Thursday night. Trump, Parnas said, was made more powerful “when he got William Barr.”
“They’re trying to scare me into not talking,” Parnas said of officials in the Justice Department, adding that “My wife is scared. My kids are nervous.” “People are scared,” he said of Trump’s supporters. “Am I scared, yes.”
PARNAS: “It was like being in a cult. They say organized crime — I don’t think Trump is like organized crime, I think he’s like a cult leader… he became [more] powerful when he got William Barr… I think I’m more scared of our DOJ than these criminals” pic.twitter.com/pxp9fVOQ8S
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 17, 2020