On Thursday, Rep. Devin Nunes went on a media blitz claiming that he didn’t remember whether he’d had a phone conversation with Rudy Giuliani’s indicted associate Lev Parnas. Later in the day, Parna’s personal attorney responded to Nune’s claims, and it wasn’t pretty.
Parnas’ lawyer Joseph Bondy said that Parnas “remembers” what the pair allegedly spoke about in a tweet directed at Nunes yesterday, responding to the California representative’s claim that he was “not able to confirm” whether the pair had any phone conversation.
The attorney’s latest swipe at the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee followed the panel’s release of call logs supposedly involving Nunes, Parnas and Giuliani, published Tuesday in its impeachment report.
Nunes has been accused of taking part in phone calls with the president’s personal lawyer, as well as Parnas and fellow Giuliani associate Igor Furman, who are both alleged to have helped Giuliani request that Ukraine investigate President Donald Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
Speaking to Fox News on Thursday about the release of his phone records, Nunes said: “I still have to even go through my phone records to see if he’s Adam Schiff even telling the truth.”
Asked what he discussed with Parnas, the GOP representative said: “Well I don’t even know because I’ve never met Lev Parnas… and so it’s a great question because many people want to know, including myself.”
“You never had any phone conversation with him?” host Martha MacCallum asked.
Nunes responded: “We have not been able to confirm that yet.”
Asked if he didn’t think he would remember if he had a phone call with Parnas, he said: “You have to remember, we are the House Intelligence Committee, Oversight Committee. So we get calls from people every day. All walks of life. I get them from all over the world. From allies and people that aren’t our allies.”
The California representative later said it wasn’t known whether the calls were from his cellphone or his office phone, saying his team was dealing with “thousands of pages of metadata.”
Parnas’ personal lawyer was not convinced by Nunes’ Fox News appearance yesterday. Responding to his interview with the network, Bondy tweeted: “Hey @DevinNunes—Lev remembers what you spoke about. You don’t remember? #LetLevSpeak”.
Hey @DevinNunes—Lev remembers what you spoke about. You don’t remember? #LetLevSpeak https://t.co/UlKZnGCxqR
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) December 6, 2019
Bondy’s tweet came just a few days after he also told the ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee that he “should have recused yourself at the outset” of the impeachment hearings.