Lev Parnas - White House blocks possible testimony

Lev Parnas - White House blocks possible testimony

The materials draw California Rep. Devin Nunes even further into the efforts undertaken by Giuliani and his associates to dig up dirt on the President's political rivals.

House Democrats released the messages in a document dump on Friday, showing Parnas texting with Derek Harvey, a top Nunes aide.

Democrats allege President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine to pressure the country to investigate corruption allegations against Joe and Hunter Biden. Parnas wrote to Harvey on April 17, 2019.

Parnas also sent Harvey websites with biographical information about former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, with the message: 'This is the general prosecutor that got fired by Biden'.

However, after watching the first of two parts of an interview with Lev Parnas on the Rachel Maddox show, my opinion has shifted somewhat. "He showed up at events pretty much everywhere where Republicans were."The Judiciary Committee's release also included information obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation when they searched Parnas' electronic devices".

The text exchanges between Harvey and Parnas included multiple references to John Solomon, the former conservative columnist for The Hill who published chronicles attacking former U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.

There are multiple references to meetings apparently at the Trump International hotel, including a May 7, 2019 meeting with Giuliani and Solomon.

President Trump's impeachment defense team, which includes heavyweight attorney Alan Dershowitz and former Clinton impeachment manager Ken Starr, announced on Monday it will call on the Senate to "swiftly reject" the articles of impeachment.

David Jolly, a former Republican congressman who notably left the GOP in the era of Trump, said on MSNBC today that in any other administration, Rudy Giuliani "would be on his way to jail" right now.

Nunes admitted on Wednesday that he spoke on the phone with Parnas after previously declaring that such a conversation would have been "very unlikely".

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