Lev Parnas: I Was ‘In Shock’ Seeing Devin Nunes Involved In Impeachment Inquiry
Lev Parnas said he was “in shock” seeing Rep. Devin Nunes take a leading role in the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment inquiry, given the California Republican’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal.
Granting his first public interview to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night, Parnas — who sat next to his attorney, Joseph A. Bondy — implied that Nunes should have recused himself from the matter due to his own involvement, as well as that of his aide, Derek Harvey.
Parnas shared with Maddow that he was introduced to Harvey due to Nunes’ position within the government and the poor optics of the lawmaker working with Parnas on digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine.
He said the Nunes team appeared to be in the know regarding a lot of information pertaining to the Bidens at the time he was introduced to Harvey, including the fact that Parnas and Rudy Giuliani were pressing Ukraine to announce investigations into Biden. He added that opposition research was being conducted by various parties.
Parnas said he was told that Nunes was also looking into “this Ukraine stuff and wanted to help out,” at which point “they gave me Derek Harvey to deal with.”
“Given that interaction that you just described with Congressman Nunes and his aide, Mr. Harvey, does it strike you as unusual or inappropriate that Devin Nunes would be one of the lead investigators into this scandal?” Maddow asked.
Parnas responded: “I was in shock when I was watching the hearings. And when I saw Devin Nunes sitting up there — and then there was a picture where Derek Harvey was in back over there sitting. I texted my attorney and said, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.’”
“They were involved in getting all this stuff on Bide,” Parnas explained. He went on to describe Skype interviews he set up for Harvey with Ukrainian prosecutors.
“It’s hard to see them lie like that,” he said. “It’s scary, because he was sitting there and making all these statements. He knew very well that he knew what was going on.”