With the impeachment trial of Donald Trump set to soon begin in the Senate, there are still plenty of unanswered questions floating out in the ether.
This void of information is likely due to the White House’s carte-blanche decision to completely defy any and all subpoenas being generated by the House committees who were investigating his allegedly inappropriate requests of the Ukrainian government.
Now, in a somewhat unrelated case being tried in New York, an associate of the President’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani has asked if he can cooperate with a subpoena served by the House Democrats.
Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, has asked a court for permission to turn over the contents of Parnas’ phone and other documents to a House of Representatives panel for use in the Trump impeachment inquiry, his lawyer said on Monday.
Lawyer Joseph Bondy said in a tweet that the Justice Department on Tuesday would be producing the documents and the contents of the phone seized from Parnas when he was arrested in October.
The government “does not object” to Parnas handing over the documents to the House Intelligence Committee, subject to approval by the court, Bondy wrote in a letter to U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken in New York.
Parnas, a Ukraine-born U.S. citizen, was charged alongside another Florida businessman, Belarus-born Igor Fruman, with illegally funneling money to a pro-Trump election committee and other politicians. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Parnas seems to have “flipped”, as they say in b-grade gangster movies, providing a great deal of information to investigators throughout his trial.