In October, Giluiani associate, Lev Parnas, was indicted on campaign finance charges. Now, since Democrats have officially voted to formalize the impeachment inquiry, there may be more to come from this.
On Monday, it was reported that Parnas is now ready to testify and comply with requests for materials in Trump’s impeachment inquiry.
Lev Parnas, an associate of Giuliani who was indicted on campaign-finance charges, is now prepared to comply with the impeachment inquiry https://t.co/LozKf3tbQd
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) November 5, 2019
Lawyer Joseph Bondy said:
‘We will honor and not avoid the committee’s requests to the extent they are legally proper, while scrupulously protecting Mr. Parnas’ privileges including that of the Fifth Amendment.’
Last month, Parnas denied a request from Congress to provide documents and testimony.
According to The Daily Beast:
‘Parnas and his associate, Igor Fruman, both pleaded not guilty to being part of a scheme that used a shell company to donate to a pro-Trump election committee. They’re also accused of raising money for an ex-congressman as part of an attempt to get the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine removed from her post.’
Parnas is also tied to pro-Trump lawyers Victoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova who were hired by a Ukrainian oligarch wanted by U.S. authorities over conspiracy charges.
Trump’s fate could be worsened in the upcoming weeks of the impeachment inquiry especially as new testimony is provided. In another blow, a federal appeals court in Manhattan also ruled on Monday that Mr. Trump must hand over his tax returns.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who is investigating alleged hush-money payments made to women just before the 2016 presidential election, issued the ruling. The decision read:
‘We emphasize again the narrowness of the issue before us. This appeal does not require us to consider whether the president is immune from indictment and prosecution while in office, nor to consider whether the president may lawfully be ordered to produce documents for use in a state criminal proceeding.’
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