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Giuliani's Phone Records Revealed in Impeachment Report

They show he was in frequent contact with Devin Nunes, White House, Lev Parnas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 3, 2019 7:05 PM CST
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In this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 file photo, President Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani, center, talks with Ukrainian boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko, left, as they arrive to attend a memorial service for Sen. John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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(Newser) – The new report from Democrats compiling evidence on impeachment revealed contact between President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the intelligence committee, the AP reports. The report released Tuesday—which, CNN reports, the House Intelligence Committee voted Tuesday night to approve and send to the House Judiciary Committee as it prepares to start its own impeachment hearings Wednesday—includes phone records obtained from AT&T and Verizon that show Giuliani also was in frequent contact with the White House and with Lev Parnas, a Giuliani associate who is under indictment on charges of using foreign money to make illegal campaign contributions. Prosecutors said the donations by Parnas and Igor Fruman, another Giuliani associate with Ukraine ties, were made while the men were lobbying US politicians to oust the US ambassador to Ukraine.

Giuliani, who has said he knew nothing about illegal campaign donations, was trying to get Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of Trump’s potential Democratic challenger, Joe Biden. Parnas and Fruman had key roles in Giuliani’s quest. The records show that Parnas and Nunes were in frequent contact last April, when Giuliani was publicly calling for an investigation of Biden. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, who sparred with Nunes during public impeachment hearings, said he was going to “reserve comment" on the Republican's appearance in the report. But he added that, while Trump was “digging up dirt” on Biden, “there may be evidence that there were members of Congress who were complicit in that activity.” Schiff said it may be the role of others to investigate further, but did not elaborate. Nunes declined to comment. (Much more here, including call records showing Giuliani, Nunes and Parnas were in frequent contact with a columnist who wrote pieces criticizing then-US Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.)


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