Lev Speaks

“We’ve graduated to smoking cannons.”

He’s more credible than Rudy Giuliani.

He’s more talkative  than Paul Manafort.

He’s more alive than Jeffrey Epstein.

Whatever the motivation for Lev Parnas’ first TV interview with Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night (part two of the interview airs tonight at 9pm ET), one thing is clear: he didn’t hold back. As Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe tweeted:

The interview was enough to make #Maddow the number one trending topic on Twitter — along with a flurry of other trending hasthtags, from #LevSpeaks to #PenceKnew to #BarrKnew, and more.

Above all, Parnas made clear that Trump knew everything, every step of the way.

And it’s not just an interview. Parnas is also bringing receipts. The last two days have seen the release of a flurry of explosive text messages, photos, voicemails, handwritten notes and other documents that support his story—and discredit various tales spun by Rudy Giuliani, Mike Pence, Devin Nunes, and others.

Of course, as with Michael Cohen, it’s easy to knock the credibility of Parnas as a witness:

But whatever you may think of Parnas’ credibility, his allegations—and his documents—make it imperative for more witnesses to be called and more evidence to be presented at Trump’s impeachment trial.

Throughout the Trump era, we’ve had numerous “smoking guns” that tie him to specific crimes. But this time may be different:

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