‘Review of these materials is essential to the Committee’s ability to corroborate the strength of Mr. Parnas’s potential testimony…’
(Liberty Headlines) A federal judge on Friday allowed a Rudy Giuliani associate indicted on campaign finance charges to turn over documents to Congress as part of the impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump.
U.S. District Court Judge Paul Oetken granted Lev Parnas’s request to turn over to the House Intelligence Committee documents and data seized by federal investigators when Parnas was arrested in October.
Parnas’s attorney said in a court filing he expected to receive the materials from the U.S. Justice Department this week.
Parnas and another man, Igor Fruman, played key roles in efforts by Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, to reopen a Ukrainian corruption investigation against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Unrelated to that investigation, Parnas and Fruman were indicted in October on federal campaign finance violations involving a $325,000 donation to a group supporting Trump’s reelection. They have pleaded not guilty.
Parnas already has provided documents to the Intelligence Committee in response to a congressional subpoena. His attorney says he wants to provide more information that falls “within the scope” of the subpoena, including two batches of documents seized from his home and the contents of one of his iPhones, according to court filings.
“Review of these materials is essential to the Committee’s ability to corroborate the strength of Mr. Parnas’s potential testimony,” Parnas’ attorney, Joseph Bondy wrote in a filing.
Prosecutors did not object to Parnas turning over the information.
There is no guarantee, of course, that the committee, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., will glean any new information from what Parnas provides.
While Democrats have left open the possibility that they could file more articles of impeachment against Trump, regardless of how the first two fare in the Senate, House Democrats attempted a similar plea negotiation with former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
Cohen was indicted during the Mueller investigation for lying to Congress and for his role in a separate campaign-finance matter during Trump’s 2016 campaign. He later sought leniency in his three-year prison sentence by leveraging his claims about exclusive information that would implicate Trump in criminal activity.
However, his hyped-up testimony before the House Oversight Committee proved an embarrassment as it delivered none of the promised goods to tarnish the president.
Cohen did not receive a reduction to his sentence.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press