A lawyer for an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, told CNN on Friday that his client is willing to tell Congress about meetings Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) — the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee — had in Vienna last year with a former Ukrainian prosecutor to discuss digging up dirt on Joe Biden.
Joseph A. Bondy, the attorney for Soviet-born American Lev Parnas, told the news outlet that the Ukrainian official told Parnas about the meeting with Nunes in which he sought to find dirt on the former Vice President.
“Mr. Parnas learned from former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin that Nunes had met with Shokin in Vienna last December,” Bondy said.
Shokin was ousted from his post in 2016 after a pressure campaign from Western leaders, including then-vice president Biden, over concerns that he was taking insufficient action to tackle corruption.
Bondy told CNN that Parnas put Nunes in touch with Ukrainians to help Nunes get damaging information on Biden.
The Hill adds:
Parnas and his business partner, Igor Fruman, have been thrust to the heart of the House’s impeachment investigation into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The two were allegedly involved in a shadow campaign to help oust former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, whom they viewed as an obstacle they needed to remove in order to pave the way for Giuliani’s push for politically beneficial investigations by Kyiv.
Parnas and Fruman were indicted in connection with an alleged campaign finance fraud scheme in which they planned to use a shell company to donate money to a pro-Trump election committee. Parnas has indicated that he will cooperate with the House’s impeachment investigation.