Lawyer: Gi­u­liani as­so­ciate’s doc­u­ments given to House

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Michael Biesecker

WASH­ING­TON — A close as­so­ciate of Pres­i­dent Donald Trump’s per­sonal lawyer, Rudy Gi­u­liani, has pro­vided a trove of text mes­sages and pho­tos to the House com­mit­tee lead­ing the impeachmen­t in­quiry.

Joseph Bondy, the lawyer for Lev Par­nas, tweeted Mon­day that they had “worked through the night” to pro­vide data from two of his client’s smart­phones to the House In­tel­li­gence

Com­mit­tee. The Demo­cratic-led com­mit­tee sub­poe­naed Par­nas for doc­u­ments on Oct. 10, the day af­ter news broke that he and busi­ness part­ner Igor Fru­man had been ar­rested by fed­eral au­thor­i­ties while try­ing to board a one-way flight to Europe.

Though the House voted to im­peach Trump in De­cem­ber, House In­tel­li­gence Chair­man Adam Schiff has pressed ahead with ef­forts to gather more in­for­ma­tion and doc­u­ments in ad­vance of the pres­i­dent’s up­com­ing

Se­nate trial.

Par­nas was deeply in­volved in ef­forts by Gi­u­liani, Trump’s per­sonal at­tor­ney, to press Ukraine’s lead­ers to open an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial con­tender Joe Bi­den and his son Hunter. Trump’s with­hold­ing of U.S. mil­i­tary aide to the war-torn coun­try is at the heart of the two impeachmen­t ar­ti­cles ap­proved by the House with­out any Re­pub­li­can votes.

Par­nas and Fru­man, both U.S. ci­ti­zens who em­i­grated from the for­mer Soviet bloc, were in­dicted by fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors on charges of con­spir­acy, making false state­ments and fal­si­fi­ca­tion of records re­lated to al­le­ga­tions they made out­sized cam­paign do­na­tions to Re­pub­li­can causes af­ter re­ceiv­ing mil­lions of dol­lars orig­i­nat­ing from Rus­sia.

The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported in Oc­to­ber that while Par­nas and Fru­man were work­ing with Gi­u­liani to push for in­ves­ti­ga­tions of the Bi­dens, the two Florid­abased busi­ness­men were also lever­ag­ing po­lit­i­cal con­nec­tions to Trump and other promi­nent Repub­li­cans to pur­sue a lu­cra­tive nat­u­ral gas deal.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in New York are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing Gi­u­liani’s busi­ness deal­ings, in­clud­ing whether the for­mer New York City mayor failed to reg­is­ter as a for­eign agent, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.

They were not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the in­ves­ti­ga­tion pub­licly and spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

SETH WENIG/AP

Lev Par­nas is un­der fed­eral in­dict­ment on con­spir­acy charges.

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