Devin Nunes Busted by House Intelligence Committee Phone Records - 2019-12-04
Yesterday, Devin Nunes, the comically litigious congressional Republican who has orchestrated President Trump's defenses in the Russia and Ukraine scandals, filed another lawsuit — this time against CNN, for reporting Lev Parnas's allegations that Nunes had met with a Ukrainian oligarch. "CNN was well-aware that Parnas was a renowned liar, a fraudster, a hustler," charges Nunes. Parnas is so dishonest and disreputable, argues Nunes, that CNN was irresponsible even to publish his allegations.
In a highly inconvenient coincidence of timing, within hours of Nunes's lawsuit, the House Intelligence Committee published a report on the scandal that included new phone records. These records show that Nunes and Parnas have spoken on the phone several times.
It seems like a weird choice for Nunes to have taken a bunch of calls with a known liar, fraudster, and hustler. Nunes habitually refuses to answer questions from journalists about his activities. Instead he appeared last night on Sean Hannity. "Did you ever talk to this guy Les Parnas, or whatever his name is?" asked the Fox News host. (That Lev Parnas, who met repeatedly with the president and worked closely for months with his lawyer, has now been demoted to "this guy" indicates how much trouble he poses now that he is cooperating with law enforcement.)