Giuliani associate prepared to testify Nunes aides scrapped Ukraine trip to avoid alerting Schiff

Source: The Hill | November 24, 2019 | John Bowden

An associate to President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani is prepared to testify that aides to Rep. Devin Nunes (D-Calif.) dropped a planned trip to Ukraine to obtain dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden (D) in order to avoid alerting House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

CNBC reported Sunday that Lev Parnas plans to tell committee members that aides to the ranking member planned to meet with two Ukrainian prosecutors in an effort to obtain evidence to aid Trump’s reelection bid, but abandoned the efforts once they realized that Schiff’s staff would be alerted to the trip.

The offices of Nunes, ranking member on the House Intelligence panel, and Schiff did not immediately return requests for comment from The Hill on Sunday evening. Parnas’s planned testimony, if accurate, would implicate Nunes’s staff in the president and Giuliani’s efforts to push Ukrainian officials to open politically charged investigations into Biden, a top contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination.

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