Kukushkin also declined to testify, and his counsel did not call any witnesses in his defense.
Martedì, America First Action Financial Director Joseph Ahearn testified with immunity as the only witness called in the defense case by Parnas’ consiglio.
Ahearn placed Parnas in the room at several exclusive events and intimate donor dinners with top GOP figures including President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Rep. Kevin McCarthy at Mar a Lago and the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.
Ahearn testified that he first met Parnas in person at a “pre sale” joint financing committee event for potential deep-pocketed GOP donors in February 2018.
He said former New York Assemblyman Stephen Katz put Parnas on his fundraising radar, advertising Parnas as wealthy and politically connected. He invited him to that first exclusive event understanding Parnas to have a history of big donations to Trump in 2016, Ahearn testified.
Ahearn said he confronted Parnas in July of 2018 about media articles questioning the legitimacy of Global Energy Producers and its donation to America First Action but acknowledged he continued to work with Parnas for months despite the FEC complaint flagging a $ 325,000 donazione.