At Glitzy GOP Fundraiser, Devin Nunes Dodges Questions About Contact With Lev Parnas - 2019-12-08
But one lawmaker, recently revealed to be at the center of the scandal, appeared rattled over the controversy.
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., spotted by The Intercept at the event, declined to answer questions about recent revelations that put him at the center of the impeachment scandal — of which he has been a leading critic. We attempted to ask the congressman about his reported contacts with Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani indicted over allegedly funneling foreign money, using a front company, to a super PAC tied to President Donald Trump's reelection campaign.
After The Intercept approached Nunes about his contacts with Parnas and whether he was involved with the effort to pressure the Ukrainian government, the California lawmaker sped off, walking through the Palace Hotel to the hotel's lounge. Moments later, he returned with a smartphone, pointed at this reporter. He remained quiet while asked again about his calls. Nunes then conferred with a U.S. Capitol Police officer stationed at the event, who had The Intercept removed from the hotel. An individual Nunes spoke to in the hotel, wearing an earpiece, followed The Intercept around the block after the exchange.