WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Wednesday released a second, much larger trove of documents from Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.
The records included text messages, photos and other communications Parnas exchanged with key players in the Ukraine scandal, including the former Ukrainian prosecutors general Yuriy Lutsenko and Viktor Shokin.
Much of the documents aren’t in English, but Parnas also exchanges messages with the oil billionaire and Republican donor Harry Sargeant III and Joseph Ahearn, who Politico identified as an official at the pro-Trump America First Action PAC.
Parnas and his business associate Igor Fruman were arrested in October and charged with a scheme to violate campaign finance laws. Parnas has sought to share evidence collected in his case with House impeachment investigators, and some of it has started to be released publicly. A first document dump came Tuesday.
The records in Wednesday’s tranche appear in Tuesday’s, but there is compelling new material, as well — including Lutsenko talking with Parnas about issues at the center of the impeachment charges against President Donald Trump.
In another conversation in March, Ahearn, the America First Action official, asked Parnas, “What should I send don to tweet.” Parnas later sent Ahearn an article and tells the PAC official, “Have jr retweet it.” “Sent,” Ahearn replied.
In a colorful exchange a few days later, Parnas sent Ahearn pictures of himself suiting up in a bulletproof vest. “Jesus,” Ahearn texted back. “Be safe.” “Trust me trying,” Parnas responded.
In another message string, Parnas spoke with Tommy Hicks Jr., the co-chair of the Republican National Committee. “Driving Rudy now,” Parnas told Hicks.
Hicks encouraged Parnas to listen to a segment of a One America News Network show while driving.
“Wow this is exactly what we’ve been saying,” Parnas wrote.
The records also reveal a deeper connection than has been previously acknowledged between Parnas and Sargeant.
Sargeant has denied a scheme reportedly pursued by Parnas and Fruman to export American gas to Ukraine, but several times in the messages between Parnas and Sargeant, the men discuss Parnas’ expenses.
“I’m meeting with Rudy in 15-20 min I need to know what I’m talking about we have people scheduled to meet on Saturday in Vienna,” Parnas wrote to Sargeant on April 1o, after complaining that a trip had been canceled.
“Just becoming expensive flying u guys everywhere LEV” Sargeant responded.
Read the documents here.
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