Devin Nunes tells Hannity 'it's possible' he called Lev Parnas, Giuliani's indicted associate

Devin Nunes talks to Fox News
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The House Intelligence Committee approved an impeachment report Tuesday evening that includes new information about the committee's top Republican, Devin Nunes (Calif.), communicating by phone with several people involved in the Ukraine plot at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, including President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Giuliani's indicted associate Lev Parnas. Sean Hannity had Nunes on his Fox News show Tuesday night, and they focused instead on Nunes' new $435 million defamation lawsuit against CNN.

Nunes is suing CNN for reporting that, according to Parnas' lawyer, former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Victor Shokin said he met with Nunes in Vienna in December 2018 to seek out damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden, and Parnas continued the effort with Nunes' staff. Nunes told Hannity that CNN "shouldn't be listening to somebody who's been indicted," meaning Parnas, and noted that — as CNN mentions in the article — he has called the allegations "demonstrably false." Hannity pressed him: "You didn't go anywhere near that [Vienna] area, and nor did you ever meet with the Ukrainian prosecutor that was fired because of Joe?" Nunes said he has pictures of himself in Libya and Malta "at the time frame" and "I wasn't in Vienna, and I didn't meet with this guy Shokin."

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.