Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, said Monday he is willing to comply with the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry into President Trump, his attorney said on Monday.
“He will answer the subpoena to the best of his ability,” Parnas’ attorney Joseph Bondy said, calling this a “stark deviation” from his previous position.
Parnas previously rejected requests for documents and testimony last month from three House committees looking into impeachment proceedings.
According to the Times, Parnas’ turnabout occurred after Trump denied knowing him after he was arrested.
“An associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani who was involved in a campaign to pressure Ukraine into aiding President Trump’s political prospects has broken ranks, opening a dialogue with congressional impeachment investigators and accusing the president of falsely denying their relationship,” The New York Times reported on Monday. “The associate, Lev Parnas, had previously resisted speaking with investigators for the Democrat-led impeachment proceedings, which are examining the president’s pressure attempts in Ukraine.”
“We are willing to comply with the subpoena to the extent that it does not violate any appropriate privilege that Mr. Parnas may properly invoke,” Bondy told The Times.
“Mr. Parnas was very upset by President Trump’s plainly false statement that he did not know him,” Bondy said.
Trump told reporters last month that he didn’t know Parn but it’s possible he had a picture with him “because I have a picture with everybody, I have a picture with everybody here, but somebody said there may be a picture or something at a fundraiser or somewhere, but I have pictures with everybody. I don’t know if there’s anybody I don’t have pictures with.”