Giuliani associate gives 'trove' of records to impeachment investigators

UNDER INVESTIGATION: Lev Parnas, center, a Ukrainian-American businessman who is both a client and associate of Rudy Giuliani, leaves with his wife, Svetlana Parnas, after his arraignment in the Southern District of New York court on Oct. 23, 2019. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images/Tribune News Service

NEW YORK – One of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s criminally charged pals has given House impeachment investigators texts, photos and other records involving key people who worked on President Donald Trump’s politically motivated bid for Ukrainian investigations, the Giuliani associate’s lawyer said Monday.

Lev Parnas – who worked closely on Giuliani’s Trump-endorsed hunt for Ukrainian dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democrats – dispatched his lawyer, Joseph Bondy, to Capitol Hill over the weekend to meet with House Intelligence Committee staff members and give them the contents of one of his iPhones, according to Bondy.

“We worked through the night providing a trove of Lev Parnas’ WhatsApp messages, text messages & images,” Bondy tweeted along with a photo of Parnas together with Trump, adding the records turned over to the committee detail “interactions with a number of individuals relevant to the impeachment inquiry.”

Bondy declined to comment further on the nature of the records, other than confirming to the New York Daily News that the photo he tweeted out was from a Republican National Committee fundraiser at Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago club in March 2018.

Later Monday, Bondy said Parnas had also turned over the contents of one of his Samsung cellphones to the House Intelligence Committee after securing a court order to release it.

A spokesman for the intelligence panel did not return a request for comment.

Parnas’ cellphones had been held up by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan, which charged him and fellow Giuliani pal Igor Fruman in a sweeping pro-Trump campaign finance scheme last year that overlapped with matters at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

Bondy tried to persuade congressional Democrats to let his client testify in the House impeachment inquiry, saying he had crucial firsthand information of efforts by Giuliani and other Trump allies to pressure Ukrainian officials into announcing investigations that would prove politically beneficial to the president before the 2020 election.

But Democrats didn’t take Bondy up on his offer before impeaching Trump on Dec. 18.

However, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has pertinently said his committee’s investigation into Trump’s alleged Ukraine misdeeds remains ongoing, and Bondy remains hopeful Parnas will get his day in the spotlight.

“LetLevSpeak,” he capped off his Monday tweet.

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