Documents 'reveal Giuliani smear campaign against USA ambassador'

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Nunes-who has been one of President Donald Trump's fiercest defenders in the committee where Ukrainian "quid pro quo" allegations are now being considered-faced calls to recuse himself and even to be investigated after it was alleged that he himself met with Ukrainian officials in order to discuss digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

The interview summary released on Friday says Giuliani and two business associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were present.

"Or they're an accessory to it", said Nunes.

The two men's efforts included helping to arrange a January meeting in NY between Giuliani and Lutsenko, as well as other meetings with top government officials.

Democratic congressman and Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith (D-Wash.), said Republican Rep.

Nunes, who is still pursuing numerous frivolous lawsuits against his various critics (including a fake Twitter cow), responded to this "fake news story" by reiterating his threat on Saturday to sue CNN and The Daily Beast.

"Devin Nunes says he didn't meet with Shokin".

The paper also notes that according to Giuliani, Pompeo asked him if he had written documents.

The claim is controversial because Nunes did not disclose any such meeting while leading the Republican defense of President Donald Trump during related impeachment hearings. Earlier mentions of an insurance policy were sarcastic, Giuliani said. The inquiry, triggered by a whistleblower's complaint, focuses on Trump's pressure campaign to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to publicly announce investigations into 2020 presidential rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and the debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.

The high ranking Democrat went on to say that the behavior of Republicans regarding Russian Federation and Ukraine is a "systematic problem that is a threat to the country".

If accurate, he would be complicit in the very alleged transgression his committee is investigating: the act of enlisting a foreign government to dig up dirt on a domestic political candidate while Congressionally appr oved aid was withheld until the request was met.

The State Department documents come just days after U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified before the House Intelligence Committee that "everyone was in the loop" on Trump's effort to press Ukraine for an investigation into Biden. She also said she believed Giuliani played a key role in telling people she was not sufficiently supportive of the president. Hunter served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father worked on Ukraine policy during the Obama administration.

Parnas' legal team also said their client is willing to testify to Congress on Nunes' alleged contacts in Ukraine.

Giuliani was mentioning the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a federal law aimed at prosecuting organized crime, which may imply he still has information that has not been released publicly from his days as a US attorney, according to Bloomberg. Giuliani first debriefed Shokin on those allegations in a Skype phone call that January that Parnas has said he helped arrange.

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