New evidence shows Nunes aide communicated with Parnas on Ukraine

New evidence released Friday by House Democrats shows Derek Harvey, a former White House official and top aide to GOP Rep. Devin Nunes, communicated extensively with Lev Parnas about both Ukraine aid and setting up Skype interviews with former Ukrainian prosecutors.

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The messages present that Harvey was much more concerned than beforehand identified in what seems to be a sturdy effort by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee to analyze Ukraine-related issues.

The textual content messages between Harvey and Parnas — who’s the indicted affiliate of President Donald Trump’s private legal professional Rudy Giuliani, and who has claimed that Trump and different administration officers have been conscious of an alleged plan to get Ukraine to announce investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son — begin in February 2019 and proceed into May.

An alleged effort by Trump to hunt the Ukrainian announcement of investigations is central to articles of impeachment filed in opposition to Trump, which allege the president abused the ability of his workplace for private political achieve within the 2020 election.

The paperwork launched Friday embrace messages between Parnas and Harvey arranging instances to satisfy and to talk by telephone, and sharing articles and tweets about Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch and alleged Ukrainian meddling within the 2016 election, claims which were known as an unfounded conspiracy idea.

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On April 10, 2019, Harvey despatched his boss Nunes’ contact info to Parnas, based on the paperwork launched Friday. That is 2 days earlier than name information obtained by the House present Parnas and Nunes spoke for greater than eight minutes.

Also in April, Parnas despatched Harvey web sites with biographical details about former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, with the message: “This is the final prosecutor that received fired by Biden.” He additionally sends details about Yuriy Lutsenko, Shokin’s substitute, who additionally later made allegations about Biden and about Yovanovitch, based on the paperwork launched Friday.

Harvey suggests holding one of many interviews a day later to permit himself “to prep a employees lawyer to help.” He asks Parnas for “urged line of questions” for the interviewee.

At one level, on April 19, Harvey tells Parnas that he believes “we’re greatest served by sending the official letter and receiving documentation earlier than any extra interviews.” Ultimately, each Lutsenko and Shokin have been interviewed by Rudy Giuliani, together with on his most up-to-date journey to Europe, the paperwork state.

Harvey additionally refers repeatedly to former The Hill columnist John Solomon, asking Parnas, “Any paperwork for us or are you going to maintain working by means of Solomon?” In an April 12 textual content, Harvey says, in accordance tot he paperwork launched Friday, that “Solomon must get me the fabric,” though it is unclear what materials he is referring to.

It’s unclear precisely why Harvey was concerned within the interviews, however throughout the House impeachment hearings, Nunes urged that Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee had been pursuing their very own investigation into Ukraine’s actions throughout the 2016 election.

In one among their first texts, in late March, Harvey floats a idea to Parnas, which Harvey says relies on State Department sources. He means that the Obama administration doubled support to Ukraine from 2015 to 2016 as a result of “their hunch” was that the cash would “get grafted” by Ukrainian officers, who in flip would give cash to the Clinton Foundation and different “social justice causes.” He mentions to Parnas “rumors” that Ukraine’s authorities coordinated with the Clinton marketing campaign and the FBI “to dig up grime on Manafort in 2016.”

“If the rise in support is correct, then there is a risk to drag,” Harvey wrote to Parnas on March 29.

Harvey’s boss, Nunes, is the highest Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. After House Democrats obtained telephone information displaying calls between him and Parnas, he initially mentioned he did not bear in mind chatting with Parnas and known as it unlikely. But extra lately Nunes has revised his story and says he does bear in mind speaking to Parnas, however says the decision was “odd” and that he directed Parnas to speak to his employees.

Neither Nunes’ workplace nor Harvey responded Friday night time to a request for remark.

Parnas and one other Giuliani affiliate, Igor Fruman, have been charged with making $325,000 in unlawful straw donations to a brilliant PAC supporting President Donald Trump, in addition to with giving $15,000 to a second committee, amid a flurry of political donations to assist them advance the pursuits of a Ukrainian authorities official and a Russian nationwide in search of to interrupt into the hashish business. They have pleaded not responsible.

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