Report: Phone Records Link Devin Nunes and Parnas, Giuliani's Henchman
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) received assistance from one of Rudy Giuliani’s indicted associates during his quest to discred special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation last year, according to The Daily Beast.
Attorney Ed MacMahon, who represents Lev Parnas, told the publication that his client helped arrange meetings and phone calls in Europe on Nunes’ behalf and that Derek Harvey, a Nunes aide, participated in those meetings.
Though MacMahon did not elaborate on the details of Nunes’ investigative work, the staunch ally of President Donald Trump made no secret that he sought to uncover the origins of Mueller’s probe.
The Daily Beast noted that congressional records indicate that Nunes and three of his aides — Harvey, Scott Glabe, and George Pappas — traveled to Europe from November 30 to December 3, 2018 using government funds that totaled roughly $63,000.
Parnas was arrested last month on campaign finance charges, with federal prosecutors alleging he and his partner Igor Fruman — also a Giuliani associate — illegally moved foreign money to U.S. political campaigns. Both men have professed their innocence.
“Contrary to many aspersions in the press to date, Lev Parnas is a proud United States citizen, who has lived here since he was four years old,” said Joseph Bondy, one of Parnas’ attorneys.
“Raised in Brooklyn, and now living in Florida, Mr. Parnas is happily married with six children—five living at home—and a zeal for America and its democratic values. At all times throughout, he has believed that what he was doing was furtherance of the President’s and thus our national interests. President Trump’s recent and regrettable disavowal of Mr. Parnas has caused him to rethink his involvement and the true reasons for his having been recruited to participate in the President’s activities. Mr. Parnas is prepared to testify completely and accurately about his involvement in the President and Rudy Giuliani’s quid pro quo demands of Ukraine.”
Democrats later uncovered phone records showing several calls between Nunes and Parnas, which the Republican would claim were nothing of significance.
Nunes claimed in December that he knew of one phone call from Parnas but insisted it had been the Giuliani associate's wife who made the call, not Parnas himself. Nunes also claimed that he passed the call off to his staff, as he typically does when the caller is someone he does not know.
But Parnas said during a January 15 appearance on MSNBC that he did in fact speak with Nunes. Almost immediately, the lawmaker appeared on Fox News to reveal that his memory had been refreshed, saying he now recalls speaking with Parnas on the phone.