An attorney for Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, slammed House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Tuesday after it was revealed that the lawmaker had been in frequent contact with Giuliani, the White House and Parnas himself.
The attorney, Joseph Bondy, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that Nunes should have recused himself from his committee’s ongoing impeachment inquiry into the president.
Bondy’s comments came after a report by the House Intelligence Committee released on Tuesday included phone records showing that Nunes had multiple contacts with figures personally involved in Trump’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential 2020 rival.
“Devin Nunes, you should have recused yourself at the outset of the #HIC #ImpeachingHearings. #LetLevSpeak,” Bondy tweeted.
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) December 3, 2019
Giuliani and Parnas, along with another associate of the former mayor, Igor Fruman, were allegedly involved in the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to dig into Biden and his son as well as into an unfounded conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russia, was behind the 2016 election interference.
Democrats have argued that the president’s efforts constitute an abuse of presidential power in an election. They have also denounced Trump’s temporary hold on military aid to Ukraine as intended to pressure the country to launch the investigations.
Nunes has denied involvement in the president’s efforts on Ukraine.