"A lawyer for an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani tells CNN that his client is willing to tell Congress about meetings the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee had in Vienna last year with a former Ukrainian prosecutor to discuss digging up dirt on Joe Biden...
'Mr. Parnas learned from former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin that Nunes had met with Shokin in Vienna last December,' said Bondy...
Bondy tells CNN that his client and Nunes began communicating around the time of the Vienna trip. Parnas says he worked to put Nunes in touch with Ukrainians who could help Nunes dig up dirt on Biden and Democrats in Ukraine, according to Bondy.
'Nunes had told Shokin of the urgent need to launch investigations into Burisma, Joe and Hunter Biden, and any purported Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election,' Bondy told CNN.
'Mr. Parnas learned through Nunes' investigator, Derek Harvey, that the Congressman had sequenced this trip to occur after the mid-term elections yet before Congress' return to session, so that Nunes would not have to disclose the trip details to his Democrat colleagues in Congress,' said Bondy."
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/22/politics … index.html
Congressional travel records show that Nunes and his staff did travel to Europe last year from November 30 to December 3, but does not indicate exactly where or why.
If Nunes did not go to Vienna and did not meet with Shokin, it should be trivial for him to demonstrate that by providing evidence of where he did go and who he did meet.
If the allegation is true, it would mean Nunes is complicit with Trump's attempts to get dirt on the Bidens from Ukraine. Either way, Nunes is now implicated in the matter which is currently being investigated by the impeachment inquiry.
Nunes said he cannot answer when asked if he met with ex Ukrainian prosecutor Victor Shokin or not.
"Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Nunes was asked point-blank by the Fox news anchor whether he had met with Shokin. The congressman replied that he wanted to answer questions but could not do so 'right now.'"
https://www.voanews.com/usa/impeachment … prosecutor
It's not clear why Nunes could not say, but he has threatened legal action against the news outlets that reported on the allegations made by Lev Parnas that Nunes met Shokin in Vienna: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/ … ri18n=true
Meanwhile, it's been reported that Nunes will likely face an ethics investigation over the allegations.
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/2 … ely-073109
He's also facing a strong challenge to his House seat. Apparently, every time he opens his mouth on TV, the Democrats raise boatloads of money.
House Intelligence Committee reportedly has video and audio recordings of discussions with Trump and Giuliani. The content of those recordings is currently not publicly known:
"The House Intelligence Committee is in possession of audio and video recordings and photographs provided to the committee by Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who reportedly played a key role in assisting him in his efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and Ukraine, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.
The material submitted to the committee includes audio, video and photos that include Giuliani and Trump. It was unclear what the content depicts and the committees only began accessing the material last week."
https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/house-i … ame=iossmf
"But in the lawsuit, Nunes refuted the story of meeting Shokin, asserting that he never went to Vienna in December 2018, has never met Shokin, and hadn't talked to Parnas around that time in late 2018. Instead, Nunes says he was on a trip to Libya and Malta. As part of his lawsuit, Nunes provided photographs of himself meeting officials in those countries between November 30 and December 3, 2018. He says he never traveled to Vienna, where Bondy says, according to his client, Nunes met Shokin."
Present ly he has brought a lawsuit against CNN for airing he story...
https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/03/politics … index.html
https://nypost.com/2019/12/04/devin-nun … hit-piece/
Just another bit of fake news...
CNN did not claim Nunes met Shokin, Lev Parnas did. CNN reported on that allegation, and made no claims about the truth of it either way.
It's perfectly legitimate for a news organization to report that an associate of Trump's personal Lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has made a serious allegation against a member of Congress and is willing to testify to it. That is literally noteworthy information, i.e."news".
The fact Representative Nunes doesn't like the allegation is irrelevant to whether CNN can tell people about it. That is why the First Amendment exists. If Nunes has sued for defamation, then he very likely has no case.
Just like he probably has no case in his lawsuit against Twitter over a parody account called "Devin Nunes' Cow" where all the tweets are meant to be from "an unhappy cow living on one of Rep. Devin Nunes’ Iowa farms." That is clearly satire, and will likely be thrown out also.
https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na- … story.html
It seem Nunes has a habit of filing lawsuits that are unlikely to succeed.
In terms of the allegation, it's been reported that Nunes will likely face an ethics investigation over Parnas' allegation where he will undoubtedly have every opportunity to demonstrate whether or not he dmet with Shokin (in Vienna or elsewhere).
https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/2 … ely-073109
There are large billboards in the Sana Maria area that are speaking about Nunes' questionable activities. There is a large contigent there that is unhappy with him. We will see how he fairs in the next election.
I just heard a report that someone is willing to testify that Ilhan Omar has sworn allegiance to Turkey and is an asset of Qatar.
I put as much faith in the truthfulness of that as the allegation against Nunez.
You guys have to, absolutely have to, stop speculating on politically motivated smears.
Because you say so? You're a Trump supporter, why should we listen to you? You're starting to sound like him.....
And yet Trump and his supporters do nothing but spread politically motivated smears.
If multiple U.S. ambassadors and Trump officials testify that Trump did X, then it's hard to believe that what they are saying is a smear or politically motivated.
"I just heard a report that someone is willing to testify that Ilhan Omar has sworn allegiance to Turkey and is an asset of Qatar."
Then I'm sure you won't mind posting a source so people can evaluate the claim, and the source, for themselves.
"I put as much faith in the truthfulness of that as the allegation against Nunez."
"Faith" is irrelevant. Either there is evidence that Nunes met with the Ukrainians to get dirt on the Bidens, as alleged, or there isn't. Reports suggest the House Intelligence Committee is currently reviewing material submitted in support of the allegation. Whether that material does in fact support the allegation is yet to be determined.
Yes. If true, it will be determined. Until then I see a bunch of biddies gossiping and reveling in any dirt they can speak about others.
I saw one that she was "recruited and funded by a foreign government and that Rep. Omar returned the favor by passing on sensitive information that ultimately wound up in the hands of Iran."
I have a cousin that consistently posts this kind of crap; it's to the point that I just skip over most of what she posts. Just as I skip over and ignore most of what I see in the political forums.
Though while it may be possible to ignore such things, if the crux of what you consistently read contains this type of information, it becomes very difficult for it not to affect your opinions.
I would say this about myself as well. I tend to read CNN for convenience, but I hate the way they've turned news reporting into a giant opinion piece. Yet, it's that convenience - really, the presentation of the news - that probably helps form some of my opinions.
"Yes. If true, it will be determined. Until then I see a bunch of biddies gossiping and reveling in any dirt they can speak about others."
Your opinion doesn't change the fact that reliable sources have reported that Lev Parnas alleges Devin Nunes met with the Ukrainian prosecutor to get dirt on the Bidens, and the House Intelligence Committee is currently reviewing various material to determine if it supports that allegation.
If you have any further information relevant to that allegation, feel free to share it.
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