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Giuliani's associate Parnas to comply with Trump impeachment inquiry

His apparent decision to work with the congressional committees represents a change of heart
13:01, 5 November 2019

Vanity Fair

Lev Parnas, the Ukrainian-American businessman, who has ties to President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is now prepared to comply with requests for records and testimony from congressional impeachment investigators, Reuters reports, citing his lawyer.

His apparent decision to work with the congressional committees represents a change of heart. It is worth mentioning that Parnas declined a request from three House of Representatives committees last month to provide documents and testimony.

Related: Giuliani was paid 500,000 dollars to consult on indicted associate's firm, - Reuters

“We will honor and not avoid the committee’s requests to the extent they are legally proper, while scrupulously protecting Mr. Parnas’ privileges including that of the Fifth Amendment,” said the lawyer, Joseph Bondy, referring to his client’s constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination.

As we reported earlier, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman entered their not guilty pleas to federal campaign finance charges before U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken in Manhattan.

Federal prosecutors have accused Parnas and Fruman of using a shell company to donate $325,000 to the pro-Trump committee, America First Action, and raising money for former U.S. Representative Pete Sessions of Texas as part of an effort to have the Republican president remove the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine.

Related: Giuliani associates accused of funneling money to pro-Trump group plead not guilty

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