Giuliani’s Henchman Says Nunes Was Directly Involved In Push For Biden Probe
Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani who was involved in the attorney’s Ukraine efforts, claims that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was directly involved with the campaign to have Ukraine open investigations into Joe Biden and his son.
Vice reported last month that one of Parnas’ lawyers, Ed MacMahon, told The Daily Beast that his client had assisted Nunes in setting up meetings intended to move the investigations forward in Ukraine, including a trip to Vienna where Nunes reportedly met with former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin in December 2018.
Another of Parnas’ lawyers, Joseph Bondy, has said that the Soviet-born businessman is willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry, though it remains unclear whether House Democrats will subpoena Parnas.
Bondy also confirmed that Parnas was told of the meeting between Nunes and Shokin, telling NBC News: “I can confirm that Victor Shokin told Lev Parnas that he had met with Nunes in Vienna in late 2018, and that [Nunes aide] Derek Harvey informed that they were investigating the activities of Joe and Hunter Biden related to Burisma.”
Shokin was fired in 2016 following a concerted effort by former Vice President Biden and other international leaders to have him ousted over allegations of corruption. The prosecutor has claimed he was removed because Biden wanted to shield his son, Hunter, from an investigation Shokin had conducted into Ukrainian oil and gas company Burisma Holdings, where Hunter had a seat on the board. Both Bidens have maintained they engaged in no wrongdoing.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said on MSNBC that it is “quite likely” Nunes will face another ethics investigation over his role in the Ukraine matter.
“Ethics investigators cleared Nunes of accusations he disseminated classified information related to Russian election meddling in December 2017,” Vice noted.
So far, Nunes has remained relatively quiet about his part in the Ukraine scandal, but he told conservative news outlet Breitbart last month that the reporting is “demonstrably false” and he plans to sue both CNN and The Daily Beast.