The attorney for Lev Parnas — a Rudy Giuliani associate who aided in the Ukraine pressure campaign and was also recently indicted for campaign finance violations — called out Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Twitter this week for his flimsy defense of damning call records of his contacts with Parnas.
“Lev remembers what you spoke about. You don’t remember?” attorney Joseph Bondy tweeted, with the hashtag “#letlevspeak” likely referencing his client’s interest in testifying before the House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry.
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) December 6, 2019
House Intelligence Committee Democrats’ report on their impeachment findings revealed new information about contacts Giuliani had with key figures involved the Ukraine pressure scheme, including Nunes’ contacts with Giuliani and Parnas at crucial moments of their campaign to get Ukraine to investigate Trump’s political rivals.
Nunes has, essentially, played dumb since the call logs were released, invoking the “do not recall” defense during interviews with Fox News in recent days. Nunes claims that he doesn’t remember who Parnas is or if he ever spoke to him on the phone, despite the fact that the two were in contact at least twice in the same day in April, with one call lasting about eight minutes.
The call records have dragged Nunes deeper into the inner folds of the effort, led by Giuliani on behalf of President Trump, to try to get the Ukrainian government to announce investigations into the Biden family and the 2016 election. While Nunes claims he never met Parnas, it’s been reported in recent weeks that Parnas actually helped Nunes arrange calls and meetings in Europe in 2018 to pursue his “investigations.” Nunes also reportedly met with the former Ukrainian prosecutor at the heart of the Burisma-Biden conspiracy theory in Vienna in December 2018.
Nunes is the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, one of the panels investigating the pressure campaign at the heart of the Trump impeachment inquiry.