Lev Parnas, one of several indicted associates of Trump’s personal lawyer and shadow State Department Rudy Giuliani, helped arrange meetings and calls in Europe for Republican Representative Devin Nunes in 2018.
“The indicted Giuliani associate helped arrange meetings and calls in Europe for the Republican congressman in 2018,” Betsy Swan revealed in an exclusive for the Daily Beast.
Parnas’ lawyer Ed MacMahon told The Daily Beast about these calls and meetings which were supposed to help Nunes’ unspecified “investigative work,” the timing of which coincides with Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign colluding with Russia to cheat the U.S. election.
Swan notes that the U.S. government paid for Nunes and three aides to travel to Eguess turope for a four day trip in 2018: “Nunes traveled to Europe from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, 2018. Three of his aides—Harvey, Scott Glabe, and George Pappas—traveled with him, per the records. U.S. government funds paid for the group’s four-day trip, which cost just over $63,000.”
The travel came as Nunes, in his role on the House Intelligence Committee, was working to investigate the origins of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling.
Lev Parnas is central to impeachment, because he claimed (and team Trump denies) he told the incoming Ukranian government that they had to investigate Biden, or Pence wouldn’t attend the inauguration, and military aid would be frozen.
Parnas linked Trump, Giuliani, and Pence to tying military aid to an investigation of Joe Biden.
So if this same person also helped Devin Nunes in an “investigation” – and let’s face it, Nunes is not renown for his level-headiness or common sense – it’s a fair guess he was whipping up a conspiracy theory to help Donald Trump on the taxpayer’s dime.
Parnas is talking to investigators about Trump, Giuliani and Pence, so it seems like it’s not a leap to surmise he will or already has spoken to them about Nunes.
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