’Trump lap dog’ Devin Nunes admits he may have met indicted Ukrainian businessman

  • 12/04/2019 12:13 pm ET Sunny Hundal

Giuliani's Ukranian pal also helped Rep. Devin Nunes do 'investigative work' in Europe

In November, as Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was trying to wreck the impeachment inquiry to save Trump, he landed in hot water himself.

Nunes, nicknamed a “Trump lap dog”  by CNN’s John King, was chair of the House Intelligence Committee until 2019 and a member of Trump’s transition team. He has also been an outspoken defender of the President.

In November, Lev Parnas, the Ukranian American businessman who was working with Rudy Giuliani to dig dirt on Joe Biden, made a startling accusation about the California Representative.

Who is Lev Parnas?

Lev Parnas became infamous after being arrested for illegally funneling foreign donations to U.S. political candidates. Working with Igor Fruman, Parnas was also allegedly tasked by the President to help pressure Ukrainian officials to open an investigation into the Bidens.

Parnas is an associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. He claims that Nunes himself was involved in the effort to dig dirt and wanted to testify to that effect. In fact, the Representative’s phone records show telephone calls Nunes and Parnas back in the spring, one of them lasting nine minutes.

Nunes hits back

Nunes said the stories reporting this were “demonstrably false” and promised to sue.

This week he launched a $435 million lawsuit against CNN for reporting that Lev Parnas was prepared to tell Congress that Nunes met with Victor Shokin, the former Ukrainian prosecutor, to discuss “digging up dirt” on Joe Biden.

Nunes says he never met Shokin or took a trip to Vienna in December 2018 or that he communicated with Parnas.

That story took a significant turn on Tuesday night.

Devin Nunes told Sean Hannity on Fox News that: “It’s possible” he talked to Lev Parnas.

“l haven’t gone through all my phone records…I don’t really recall that name, I remember that name now because he’s been indicted. But it seems very unlikely I’d be taking calls from random people.”

But Lev Parnas’s lawyer Joe Bondy went even further on Tuesday, as reported below.

What happens to Nunes?

With the Democrats on such a tight schedule to get the Impeachment investigations wrapped up before the end of the year, it could be that nothing happens to Nunes.

The Washington Post reports there are Democrats in Congress ready to investigate Nunes. They are interested in finding out whether he used taxpayer money to further a political agenda.

At the moment, however, it is just the word of an accused criminal against the word of an elected official.

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