Judge rules Giuliani associate Lev Parnas can provide documents in impeachment proceedings

A federal judge ruled Friday that Lev Parnas, a known associate of President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDemocrats see Mulvaney as smoking gun witness at Trump trial Pompeo lashes out at 'shameful' NPR reporter Trump legal team launches impeachment defense MORE, can turn over documents and data to Congress as a Senate impeachment trial awaits Trump.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Oetken's ruling allows Parnas to turn over documents and data that were seized by federal investigators when Parnas was arrested on campaign finance charges in October, The Associated Press reports.

“Review of these materials is essential to the Committee’s ability to corroborate the strength of Mr. Parnas’s potential testimony,” Joseph Bondy, Parnas’s attorney, said in a filing.


Parnas has already provided the House Intelligence Committee with some documents through congressional subpoena.

Parnas and Igor Fruman, also an associate of Giuliani's, aided the former New York City mayor in opening an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters George Conway: Witness missing from impeachment trial is Trump MORE and his son, Hunter Biden, in Ukraine.

In October, Parnas and Fruman were indicted for federal campaign finance violations centered around a large donation that the pair made to a group that is supporting Trump's reelection campaign. Both have pleaded not guilty.