An associate of Rudy Giuliani, who was indicted on campaign finance charges, has asked a judge if he can turn over documents to the House Intelligence Committee as part of the impeachment proceedings against President Trump.
Lev Parnas, who was arrested in October, wants to turn over documents seized from his home and data extracted from his iPhone by the government, according to a letter from his attorney Joseph Bondy. Bondy said he expects to receive that material from the Justice Department on Tuesday.
Parnas has already been providing information to the Democratic-led committee in response to a congressional subpoena. The materials returned by the Justice Department “fall within the scope” of the subpoena, according to his lawyer’s letter. However, Bondy said he didn’t yet know how much of the materials they would turn over to congressional investigators. He said prosecutors did not object to giving the information to Congress as long as the court approved.
“Review of these materials is essential to the Committee’s ability to corroborate the strength of Mr. Parnas’s potential testimony,” Bondy wrote.
We’ve asked the Court for permission to give the contents of Lev Parnas’s iPhone and other documents—to be produced to the defense by DOJ tomorrow—to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence #HPSCI for use in the impeachment inquiry. #LetLevSpeak #LevRemembers pic.twitter.com/iYNPb0DoGt
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) December 31, 2019
Parnas and another Giuliani associate, Igor Fruman, assisted Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, in his efforts to obtain damaging information on Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Parnas and Fruman were indicted on federal campaign finance violations related to a $325,000 donation made to a group backing Trump’s reelection. Both have pleaded not guilty.
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