House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) said Saturday that it is “quite likely” that GOP lawmaker Devin Nunes will face an ethics investigation over allegations that he met with a corrupt former Ukrainian prosecutor, who is central to the impeachment inquiry, in an attempt to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
Asked in an MSNBC interview whether Nunes could be investigated, Smith said: “Quite likely, without question.”
.@RepAdamSmith: This isn't really about #JoeBiden… What it is about is covering up what the Russians did in the first place and covering up the extent to which a whole lot of people… were in direct contact with the very Russians who were interfering in our election. #AMJoy pic.twitter.com/xqtt0aKymk
— AM Joy w/Joy Reid (@amjoyshow) November 23, 2019
An attorney for Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, told CNN on Friday that his client is willing to tell Congress about meetings the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee had in Vienna last December with former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin to discuss finding dirt on Biden.
“Mr. Parnas learned from former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin that Nunes had met with Shokin in Vienna last December,” said Joseph A. Bondy, the attorney for Soviet-born American Lev Parnas.
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.
Nunes told Breitbart that the allegation was “demonstrably false” and has threatened legal action against the Daily Beast and CNN over their coverage of the accusations.
“I understand a lot of this is about Joe Biden, but the bigger thing is about what President Trump and the Russians and all these people have been doing … is a systematic problem that is a threat to the country because of what Russia is doing to democracy,” Smith told MSNBC.
Nunes was subject to a 2017 investigation over accusations of disclosing classified committee information to the White House, but was cleared of that charge, according to Politico.