Since Donald Trump’s impeachment hearings have begun, more and more people have been implicated in his alleged crimes. Trump’s focus has seemed to have been on digging up dirt on Joe Biden by pressuring the Ukrainian president for info and withholding financial aid to the country until he delivered. It had seemed like a scheme cooked up by former mayor Rudy Giuliani, but testimony from various government officials has also named Vice President Mike Pence and a number of others in Trump’s crimes. Now it looks like Devin Nunes may have been involved, making him the first member of Congress to be named in the scandal.
CNN reports that a man name Lev Parnas, who is currently under house arrest following his indictment on federal campaign finance charges, is willing to testify that he was told Nunes met with Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin in Vienna last December. Parnas supposedly says that Shokin told him of the meeting himself, and that Nunes was looking for dirt on Hunter Biden, who sat on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma Holdings.
So many bad men to keep track of!
Guys I think Devin Nunes is in trouble pic.twitter.com/ItUDAZOKL2— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 23, 2019
Nunes completely denied the whole story, telling Breitbart of all publications that the allegation he spoke with Shokin was “demonstrably false.” He also has a very contentious relationship with CNN, following Trump’s lead by refusing to acknowledge them as a news company. He refuses to speak with them, and most recently as he left Trump’s impeachment hearing, he told CNN reporters, “To be perfectly clear, I don’t acknowledge any questions from you in this lifetime or the next lifetime. I don’t acknowledge any question from you ever.”
If only that actually worked for killing a story. Records do show that Nunes visited Europe during the time he allegedly spoke with Shokin, but he is not required to say where exactly. Giuliani has admitted to speaking to both Shokin and Parnas about Joe Biden and the gas company, but his story is told a bit erratically, or as CNN politely says, it’s “riddled with holes.” There is no proof of any wrongdoing on the part of the Bidens. While Parnas was initially on Trump’s team, since his indictment, the tides have turned. Trump denied knowing him the day after his arrest.
“He believes he has put himself out there for the President and now he’s been completely hung out to dry,” a person close to Parnas told CNN. When you do a corruption, be sure to keep your stooges happy, folks.