Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., on Sunday dodged questions regarding reports that he met with Ukraine’s former top prosecutor in a bid to explore the Bidens, citing his suits against the media outlets that discovered the allegations.
“I need to answer each of the questions, and that I guarantee you I will return on the series and answer these queries,” Nunes, the standing member of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo. “But, since there’s criminal activity here, we are working with the proper law enforcement agencies; we are going to submit this, and everybody’s going to know the fact, everyone’s going to know all of the facts.”
“However, I believe that you can know I can not compete by attempting to debate this out using social media when 90 percent of these media are completely corrupt,” he added. “And, since this really is criminal in character, and because it is really bad, it is so slanderous — we have got all of the details on our site, and we are likely to file in federal court, since I am not going to sit here and attempt to compete from the media that I don’t have any chance of winning. I will win in court and they will have an opportunity to collaborate, and they will need to demonstrate how they use someone that has been indicted, and it will be likely conspiring to obstruct justice.”
The allegations arose if the lawyer to get an indicted partner of President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that he had been ready to inform Congress that Nunes fulfilled with this ex-Ukrainian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, about exploring former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, that had business dealings in Ukraine.
Trump’s attempts to have Ukraine research the Bidens are in the middle of this ongoing impeachment question. Since the top Republican in the House Intelligence Committee, Nunes plays a major role in the research.
As vice president, the elder Biden pushed for Ukraine to oust Shokin — an attempt endorsed by the broader global community — since the prosecutor was ignoring corruption from the nation. Trump and his allies have accused the former president of ousting Shokin to safeguard his son, who sat on the plank of a Ukrainian gas firm that has been under investigation. But that analysis has been dormant from the time that the then-vice president forced for Shokin’s ouster, along with several impeachment witnesses have testified that there wasn’t any validity to the idea that the then-vice president acted improperly
Joseph A. Bondy, a lawyer for Lev Parnas, the indicted Giuliani partner who helped in his drive to get Ukrainian probes, told NBC News his customer was ready to testify before Congress who Nunes fulfilled with Shokin.
“I will affirm that Victor Shokin informed Lev Parnas he had fulfilled with Nunes at Vienna in late 2018, which Derek Harvey advised they were exploring the actions of Joe and Hunter Biden associated with Burisma,” Bondy told NBC News.
Nunes has stated that he intends to sue both information outlets.
Parnas has been indicted last month for allegedly making illegal campaign donations.
Discussing with CBS’s”Face the Nation,” Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., stated he did not know if the allegations against Nunes were accurate but that he’d be interested in hearing from Parnas to the situation.
“That is really what the president has been accused of performing, misusing public bucks for a political goal,” Himes said. “Look, I have not seen evidence one way or another [about Nunes], but Mr. Parnas might have the ability to cast a little light on this.”
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told CNN’s”State of the Union” he couldn’t”enter the” particulars of the allegations from Nunes, but stated that his committee has”had talks with the Southern District of New York about Mr. Nunes’ conduct.”
“If he had been on a taxpayer-funded CODEL — and I say if — trying dirt on a possible Democratic candidate for president Joie Biden, which is going to be an ethics issue,” he stated, pointing to some possible Ethics Committee evaluation of Nunes. “That is not until our committee.