Giuliani associate asks court to release documents to impeachment inquiry

Giuliani associate asks court to release documents to impeachment inquiry
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An indicted associate of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine Parnas: Environment around Trump 'like a cult' MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE’s personal attorney, wants to give congressional impeachment investigators access to materials that were seized during his arrest earlier this year, his lawyer said Monday at a court hearing. 

A lawyer for Lev Parnas asked a federal court in Manhattan for the materials to be released to the Democratic-led House committees, according to ABC News. The outlet previously reported that lawmakers who are helping to lead the impeachment inquiry into Trump are already in possession of recordings and photographs from Parnas.

The materials were seized when the Soviet-born associate of Giuliani was arrested for allegedly violating campaign finance law. Parnas and another Giuliani associate, Igor Fruman, were arrested on Oct. 9 at Dulles International Airport.

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Parnas initially told House investigators he would not cooperate with their inquiry, but his lawyer later said he was interested in complying with a House subpoena seeking his cooperation. 

In Monday’s hearing at federal court, Parnas’s attorney, Joseph Bondy, said his client’s cooperation had stalled because he didn’t have access to the evidence, according to USA Today.

Bondy did not immediately reply to a request for comment.