On Monday, Joseph Bondy, attorney for Lev Parnas — the Giuliani associate who was arrested for Trump campaign finance violations — wrote a letter to the court requesting permission to turn over Parnas’s iPhone data and other documents to the House Intelligence Committee.
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
In the letter, Bondy wrote:
‘Review of these materials is essential to the Committee’s ability to corroborate the strength of Mr. Parnas’s potential testimony.’
According to CNN:
‘Bondy wrote in the letter he expects to receive on Tuesday the contents of the iPhone and some documents seized from Parnas’ home from prosecutors. He told Oetken he isn’t sure how much of the material he will share with the Democrats on the committee.’
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has been adamant about refusing to turn over the articles of impeachment, stating she won’t hand them over until she has assurance from the GOP controlled Senate that guidelines for Trump’s trial will be agreed upon. This request to release Parnas’s records could be one more thing that will work in the House’s favor to get more cooperation from the Senate to release more witnesses and testimony.
CNN also reports:
‘It’s unclear how much information could be revealed by Parnas’ iPhone, or how much it will help Democrats’ case against the President. Earlier this month, the House voted to impeach Trump, charging him with abuse of power for withholding nearly $400 million in US military aid from Ukraine and a White House meeting while pressuring Ukraine’s president to investigate a Joe Biden, a potential political rival, and obstruction of Congress for thwarting the House’s investigative efforts.’
With the new year rapidly approaching, and the 2020 Presidential election looming ever closer, we can only hope that this will be one more nail in Trump’s coffin.
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