After our trip to DC, we worked through the night providing a trove of Lev Parnas’ WhatsApp messages, text messages & images—not under protective order—to #HPSCI, detailing interactions with a number of individuals relevant to the impeachment inquiry. #LetLevSpeak #LevRemembers pic.twitter.com/HdHaCyZXIm
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) January 13, 2020
Well, better late than never.
Courtesy of CNN:
An attorney for Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, has turned over photos, dozens of text messages and thousands of pages of documents to House impeachment investigators in an effort to win his client an audience with lawmakers.
Joseph A. Bondy, Parnas’ New York attorney, traveled to Washington, DC, over the weekend to hand-deliver the contents of an iPhone 11 to Democratic staff on the House Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, according to a series of Bondy’s tweets.
“After our trip to DC, we worked through the night providing a trove of Lev Parnas’ WhatsApp messages, text messages & images—not under protective order—to #HPSCI, detailing interactions with a number of individuals relevant to the impeachment inquiry. #LetLevSpeak #LevRemembers,” according to Bondy’s tweet.
Parnas has also provided investigators with documents, recordings, photos, text messages on What’s App, an encrypted messaging platform, and materials from a Samsung phone, according to Bondy. Material from two other devices, an iPad and another iPhone, are also expected to be shared with them.
This might be the smoking gun.
More new stuff. A letter from Rudy, after Ukraine’s new president is elected, in May 2019 pic.twitter.com/ylnVCP3xMa
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) January 14, 2020
Notice that Rudy is presenting himself as representing Trump, not in his official capacity as president, but as his personal attorney asking for a favor on his behalf.
That destroys the argument that Trump was investigating wrongdoing, and demonstrates that this was about getting dirt on a potential opponent to further his personal ambitions.
My first thought is that this would have been really nice to give to Congress during their initial investigation, but now that this thing is headed to the Senate it might be too late to make a difference.
But then I thought that perhaps if there is anything really explosive in these documents that it will surely reach the press and then it might have to be addressed in the Senate impeachment trial.
Besides even without this information Trump was still impeached by Congress, so it’s not like it would have had any impact on that outcome.
P.S. The attorney for Lev Parnas also tweeted this out yesterday.
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) January 14, 2020
Yeah, somebody is doing a little knife twisting.