The sheer audacity of this latest affront to the Republican Party is astounding in and of itself.
Reports are now being circulated that an indicted Ukrainian associate of Rudy Giuliani is looking to spill the beans on a supposed trip by Devin Nunes to gather Euro-centric “dirt” on the Bidens. Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee was just wrapping up a week of public impeachment hearings centered around just such accusations being similarly leveled at the President himself, making these new allegations ever more damning.
Well, that is, if they were true.
You see, Nunes is ready to put CNN through the wringer, claiming that their reporting is wholly fabricated.
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Two pieces recently published in both outlets–one from Daily Beast earlier this week, and one from CNN published late Friday–alleged that the Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, who is now indicted on unrelated charges, helped Nunes with a variety of matters when digging into Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of Democrats.
The Daily Beast story, from Betsy Swan (formerly Woodruff), alleges that Parnas helped Nunes set up a variety of meetings on Ukraine matters. The CNN story, from Vicky Ward, goes even further, alleging that Nunes arranged a secret trip to Vienna and met there with Victor Shokin, the Ukrainian prosecutor that former Vice President Joe Biden pushed to have fired when Shokin was investigating Burisma Holdings, the natural gas company paying Biden’s son Hunter Biden $83,000 per month. It is unclear at this time how much of these reports are blatantly false, but most of each of them appear to be inaccurate, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The timing of these reports are obviously quite peculiar, given that Parnas could have, at any time prior to now, made the allegations.