As Democrats and Republicans wrangle over the rules for the impending impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, the attorney for one of the president’s lawyer’s indicted henchmen — Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas — is desperately trying to get permission from a federal judge to submit his client’s evidence to the House Intelligence Committee to add to the already formidable case against the president.
Attorney Joseph Bondy wrote a letter to the judge overseeing the trial of Parnas and his partner Igor Fruman to ask Judge J. Paul Oetken to modify the protective order currently applicable to the evidence collected as part of Parnas’ prosecution to allow it to be shared with the committee.
Bondy is asking that the data from three separate mobile devices — owned by Parnas and seized by investigators — be turned over to the House Intelligence Committee to verify the value of his client’s testimony in the investigation of Trump’s scheme to extort Ukraine into cooperating with Trump’s request to investigate his political rival former Vice President Joe Biden, the very scheme that led to the president’s impeachment woes.
“Review of these materials is essential to the Committee’s ability to corroborate the strength of Mr. Parnas’s potential testimony,” according to Bondy.
Bondy stated in his letter that the prosecutors in Parnas’ case do not object to the sharing of the evidence contained on the indicted Giuliani cohort’s phones.
The attorney also posted the letter on social media using the hashtags “Lev Remembers” and “Let Lev Speak” in order to drum up public attention to his client’s desire to reveal what he knows about the Trump administration’s extra-diplomatic channel for achieving his domestic political aims through a secret rogue group of unelected, unconfirmed operatives that included the president’s own attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
We’ve just asked the Court’s permission to give additional materials, extracted from three more of Lev Parnas’ electronic devices, to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence #HPSCI for use in the impeachment inquiry. #LetLevSpeak #LevRemembers pic.twitter.com/LUXkkaHy1p
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) January 11, 2020
With the calling of witnesses for Trump’s Senate trial still in doubt, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has the option of reopening the impeachment hearings to get testimony from those witnesses who have yet to appear before the committee, including Parnas, the newly willing to testify John Bolton, and those Pentagon staffers whose emails expressed concern about the legality of withholding military aid to Ukraine.
Any additional testimony can only increase the pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other Senate Republicans to drop their plans for a sham trial devoid of witnesses designed to exonerate Trump without ever hearing from administration staff with direct knowledge of the illicit actions.
Let’s hope that the judge sees fit to let the caged bird sing.
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Original reporting by Bob Brigham at RawStory.
Correction: This story originally attributed the emails expressing concerns about the legality of withholding military aid to Ukraine to staffers in the Office of Management and Budget. It has been corrected to properly reflect the fact that it was Department of Defense staffers who raised the concerns. Thanks to Nancy Krempa for pointing out the error.
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