File this little notice news under the category of Hard Evidence of Trump’s Guilt:
In the wake of their arrest for allegedly violating federal campaign finance laws, President Trump repeatedly said he did not know either Parnas or Fruman. Despite there being no apparent conflict of interest regarding their legal counsel, however, it appears that Dowd only began representing the two recently indicted GOP mega-donors after President Trump personally okayed the hiring, according to the New York Times.
In an Oct. 2 email to Dowd, Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow confirmed the president’s personal approval of the attorney-client relationship.
“I have discussed the issue of representation with the president. The president consents to allowing your representation of Mr. Parnas and Mr. Furman,” Sekulow wrote. Dowd told the Times that Trump was asked “simply as a courtesy to the president,” considering Dowd’s past representation of him.
lawandcrime.com — Nov 5, 2019
Trump’s Lawyer just confirmed this “sign off” — to represent “those two gentlemen that Trump never heard of” … he made this confession, in a heated exchange, to this reporter from www.courthousenews.com:
Asked about this email, Jay Sekulow confirmed he wrote it: “It’s called Professional Responsibility and Ethics,” he told me.
But he refused to concede that Trump, seen here consenting to Mr. Parnas’ initial criminal defense counsel, knows Lev Parnas. pic.twitter.com/h1BTxhoeGK
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) January 23, 2020
What’s more, in the same exchange Jay Sekulow denies Trump knew anything about this Dowd “permission slip”, even though his email to Dowd clearly stated:
“I have discussed the issue of representation with the president. The president consents to allowing your representation of Mr. Parnas and Mr. Furman.”
Listen: Trump's attorney Jay Sekulow indignantly responds to a pair of questions about an email showing the president's personal sign-off on criminal defense counsel for Giuliani's now-indicted ex-associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) January 24, 2020
… ie. was Lev Parnas on Team Trump, or not?
Given Sekulow’s documented email trail — apparently Yes indeed, Parnas (and Fruman too) were indeed on the Team. And with Trump’s approval no less. In writing.
This hard evidence trail is rather damning given the disclosure of a Fruman tape, recording Trump giving Lev and Igor mafia-like instructions, with respect to Ukraine Ambassador Yovanovitch, as reported by ABC News.
It’s not like Lev and Igor had the power to “fire Yovanovitch” or anything. In that context, the “Take her out. Do it.” directive can only have relatively few possible meanings. None of them good. None of them legal either.
If this Trump-Fruman-Parnas tape makes it to prime-time — Everything changes.
Especially, if it is coupled with this Jay Sekulow “written confession” … that Trump wanted Parnas to have only “the best” representation — in the aftermath of his ground-shifting arrest.
PS. Parnas fired Dowd, after it became clear to him that John Dowd was only there to shut him up, only there to make him take the rap … all on his lonesome. Like he was never a member of Team Trump, afterall.
In Part 2 of the Maddow interview, Parnas claims that John Dowd –after Trump green-lit him to represent Parnas — told him to be a "good boy" after he was arrested.
Maddow: Were they telling you to sacrifice yourself to protect Trump?
Parnas: Yes…they tried to keep me quiet pic.twitter.com/TRptI1jiLq
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 17, 2020
ABC News has posted excerpts from the Fruman Tape here.
Let the great unraveling begin …