House Democrats invite ex-Giuliani associate Lev Parnas as Biden impeachment inquiry hearing witness

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Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are having businessman Lev Parnas, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani’s, come to Capitol Hill to participate in the second impeachment inquiry hearing into President Biden on Wednesday.

The Oversight Committee’s GOP majority is investigating accusations that Biden and his family enriched themselves using his political connections, particularly when he was vice president.

“This hopeless impeachment investigation originated with a bunch of lies told by an indicted liar in close proximity to Russian agents. So who better than Lev Parnas himself — Rudy Giuliani’s right-hand man on the original mission to smear Joe Biden — to tell the story of how this campaign of lies and slander works? Lev Parnas can debunk the bogus claims at the heart of the impeachment probe and, in the process, explain how the GOP ended up in this degraded and embarrassing place,” Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., the top Democrat on the panel, said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

Lev Parnas, center, speaks to the media outside the federal courthouse in New York, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (The Associated Press)

Parnas previously claimed that he worked with Giuliani in his effort to pressure Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into the Biden family in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. In June 2022, he was sentenced to 20 months in prison for charges linked to soliciting foreign money for U.S. elections, wire fraud, and making false statements, among others. U.S. Attorney Damian Williams had accused him of “pumping Russian money into U.S. elections and lying about the source of funds for political contributions.”

Parnas is going to be joined at the Wednesday hearing by former business associates of Hunter Biden, whose foreign business dealings are a particular concern to GOP investigators. One is Tony Bobulinski, who has personally told investigators that the Biden family was selling access to the now-president. The second is Jason Galanis, who is in prison after he pleaded guilty to securities fraud.

Joe Biden talking at podium, making a fist

President Joe Biden is being investigated by the House Republican majority (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Republicans on the Oversight Committee pointed out that Parnas was found guilty of lying and said it was “telling” Democrats did not invite an associate of the Bidens.

“It’s telling the Democrats didn’t call any of Hunter Biden’s business associates who claim his father’s innocence because they know their testimony won’t withstand public scrutiny. Instead, they are relying on a convicted liar who claims Joe Biden never met with a Burisma official when in fact he dined with one,” a spokesperson for the committee said.

Hunter on Capitol Hill

Hunter Biden’s business dealings are a particular concern for investigators (Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

Fox News Digital previously reported that Democrats were considering inviting Michael Cohen, former President Trump’s ex-lawyer, in a bid to focus the attention on Trump’s own foreign business dealings.

A source familiar with those discussions indicated to Fox News Digital that Democrats thought Parnas would be more relevant to their goal of pointing out flaws in the GOP’s investigation. They said, “Cohen can speak directly to how Trump used the White House to enrich himself, but Parnas can speak directly to how Trump used discredited sources to fabricate dirt on Biden.”

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