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Politics House releases new impeachment evidence linking Nunes aide to Parnas

03:35  18 january  2020
03:35  18 january  2020 Source:   politico.com

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House impeachment investigators turned over shocking evidence from Lev Parnas , the Rudy Giuliani associate who is awaiting trial on campaign finance charges.

“Today, additional new evidence will be provided to the House Judiciary Committee for its transmittal to the Senate along with the Articles of Impeachment . “During the impeachment inquiry, we issued a subpoena to associates of Rudy Giuliani who were involved in the President’s scheme.

House impeachment investigators sought Friday to pull Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, deeper into the Ukraine scandal at the center of President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.© Stephanie Keith/Getty Images Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

A set of text messages released Friday evening by the Intelligence Committee show a top Nunes aide, Derek Harvey, in frequent contact with Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani who has become a key figure in the Ukraine controversy that resulted in Trump’s impeachment last month. In one exchange, Harvey appears to pass along Nunes’ contact information two days before the Intelligence Committee’s impeachment report indicated that a phone connected to Nunes made contact with a phone connected to Parnas.

New impeachment documents show more texts about possible surveillance of former US ambassador to Ukraine

  New impeachment documents show more texts about possible surveillance of former US ambassador to Ukraine House Democrats on Friday released new documents from indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas ahead of the Senate trial that includes new information about the apparent surveillance of former US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and additional contacts between Parnas and an aide to Rep. Devin Nunes of California. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The new documents add to the growing trove of allegations and evidence that have come from Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas this week.

On Tuesday, the House Intelligence Committee released some of the documents turned over by indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas , who allegedly aided in Parnas turned over a vast trove of information to the House as part of his attempt to cooperate with the impeachment proceedings.

The House Intelligence Committee released new evidence on Tuesday related to the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, including information turned over by Lev Parnas , an indicted former associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The release , which reflects the unfinished

The text messages, provided to investigators by Parnas, show Harvey in contact with Parnas throughout the spring of 2019 — the same time Parnas was working with Giuliani and other Trump allies to remove the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Yovanovitch had been viewed as an obstacle to Giuliani’s effort to convince Ukraine to investigate Trump’s political rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden. Previously released information suggested Harvey and Parnas began communicating at least as early as January 2019.

Trump abruptly pulled Yovanovitch out of the country last May, and she testified publicly late last year in the impeachment inquiry, telling lawmakers she was the victim of a smear campaign.

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release additional evidence in the Trump impeachment case, which includes phone records and documents from Giuliani associate Lev Parnas . Saagar Enjeti blasts New York Times editorial board over interview with Sanders. House votes tomorrow on sending impeachment articles.

Articles of impeachment are expected to be delivered to the Senate Wednesday afternoon, with a trial against President Trump slated to begin next week.

The newly released text messages show Harvey asking Parnas to pursue several lines of inquiry with his Ukrainian contacts, including one regarding what Harvey calls “rumors” about coordination between the 2016 campaign of Hillary Clinton and the Ukrainian government to dig up dirt on Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Harvey asked a few days later whether Parnas was preparing to send documents or if he would “keep working through [John] Solomon,” a reference to a former columnist at The Hill who was working closely with Parnas and Giuliani on the effort.

Over the next few weeks, the pair attempted to arrange Skype interviews between Republican staff of the Intelligence Committee and senior officials in Ukraine, including former prosecutors Viktor Shokin and Yuri Lutsenko, who had been working to oust Yovanovitch and had offered up allegations of dirt on Biden. Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election was released in the middle of their effort, and Harvey asked at one point if they could postpone a phone call while he dealt with “Mueller stuff.”

Trump lawyer dismisses photos of the president with Lev Parnas, other evidence

  Trump lawyer dismisses photos of the president with Lev Parnas, other evidence Documents include photos of Lev Parnas with President Trump and of him with Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Pam Bondi, a lawyer on the impeachment defense team.A document dump from the House Judiciary Committee overnight Friday included more information about Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, who is currently under federal indictment for his alleged role in the political pressure campaign in Ukraine.

Records released just before President Trump’s impeachment trial included texts that suggested the ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, was being watched in Kyiv. Mr. Giuliani shared a copy of the letter with Mr. Parnas , who then texted it to a close aide to Mr. Zelensky. Many of the documents released

Lev Parnas claims to have worked to persuade Ukrainian officials to investigate the president’s political rivals at the request of Mr Trump and his personal Donald Trump has repeatedly denied knowing a new central figure in the impeachment inquiry, despite extensive photographic and video evidence

“Lev, I have not received anything to assist. I also need some additional time to prepare,” Harvey wrote on April 17, 2019. “Can we do this Thursday rather than 1pm Wednesday?”

It appears that at least one of the interviews ultimately occurred but Harvey then asked on April 19 to hold off on “any more interviews” until there were official letters exchanged and documents available.

The new text messages add another layer to Nunes’ potential involvement in the Giuliani-led effort to oust Yovanovitch and push the Ukrainian government to announce an investigation targeting Biden. Nunes' office did not respond to a request for comment.

House impeachment investigators first revealed late last year that Nunes exchanged a handful of phone calls with Parnas and Giuliani. Investigators obtained the call records from telecommunications company AT&T, and Republican lawmakers objected to the decision to publish identifying information about a sitting member of Congress, accusing House Intelligence chairman Adam Schiff of abusing his authority to smear his political opponents.

Schiff has maintained that Nunes was not subpoenaed and that the information was lawfully obtained from AT&T. He has defended the decision to release the call records as part of his committee’s final report on the impeachment inquiry, citing Parnas’ and Giuliani’s relevance to the investigation.

In an interview on MSNBC earlier this week, Parnas said both Nunes and Harvey were “involved in getting this stuff on Biden,” adding that Nunes was trying to “help out.”

Schiff has declined to directly address Nunes’ possible involvement, but he suggested at a press conference in December that Nunes was “complicit” in what Democrats have described as Trump’s impeachable conduct.

“It is deeply concerning that at a time when the president of the United States was using the power of his office to dig up dirt on a political rival, that there may be evidence that there were members of Congress complicit in that activity,” Schiff said on Dec. 3.

Schiff may have mischaracterized Parnas evidence, documents show .
Unredacted material shows he may have referred to the wrong "Mr. Z."The issue arose when Schiff (D-Calif.) sent a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) last week summarizing a trove of evidence from Lev Parnas, an indicted former associate of Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. In one section of the letter, Schiff claims that Parnas “continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky,” citing a specific text message exchange where Parnas tells Giuliani: “trying to get us mr Z.” The remainder of the exchange — which was attached to Schiff’s letter — was redacted.

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