This morning Palmer Report told you that today was likely to be a big day for Lev Parnas and Donald Trump, because Lev had just gained approval to turn over the contents of his iPhone 11 to the House Intelligence Committee. This phone ostensibly contains Lev’s communications from Trump’s Ukraine extortion scandal. Now it turns out it’s even uglier for Trump than we thought.
Lev Parnas’ attorney Joseph Bondy now says on Twitter that he and his team “worked through the night providing a trove of Lev Parnas’ WhatsApp messages, text messages & images” from the iPhone in question. CNN says that the evidence turned over to the House includes “thousands of pages” of evidence. And in case that’s not enough, Bondy then announced that the court had just granted permission to turn over the contents of Lev’s Samsung phone to the House as well.
For the moment this leads to more questions than answers. Does this evidence document Lev Parnas’ communications with the Trump White House? With Rudy Giuliani? With Kremlin oligarch Dmitry Firtash? Parnas clearly thinks the communications are important enough that turning them over to the House can help him get a less severe prison sentence in the end, or he wouldn’t be doing this.
The big question is whether the House will use this evidence to open new hearings into Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal, and whether those hearings could end up centering around additional articles of impeachment. This is happening at a time when Nancy Pelosi is still hanging onto the existing articles of impeachment – suggesting she’s been expecting more evidence to come down the pike.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report