Friday, 21 February, 2020


Democrats unveil new documents in impeachment case

Lev Parnas turns over messages to House committee, with more coming An Offer to Trade Yovanovitch for Dirt
Bennie Garza | 15 January, 2020, 06:32

The records released by the intelligence, oversight and foreign affairs committees include new information provided by Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, as part of a subpoena request dating back to September as part of the House impeachment inquiry. Parnas also provided handwritten notes, including one scrawled on a napkin at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Vienna: "get Zalensky [sic] to Annonce [sic] that the Biden case will Be Investigated". They show that last March, Parnas and Hyde discussed then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch's movements in Kyiv, including when she was at the U.S. Embassy, when her computer and phone were off, and her security situation.

Bondy previously posted photos of Parnas with Giuliani, Vice President Mike Pence, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, some in a video montage with M.C. Hammer's "U Can't Touch This" as background music.

The documents made public on Tuesday add new context to the Democrats' charges that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Democrats as he withheld military aid to the country.

Democrats will vote Wednesday on the resolution that will not only transmit the articles, but also name impeachment managers, allocate trial funds, and send over all the House's evidence. On Thursday, Senators are expected to be sworn in for the trial, over which Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will preside.

Trump on a July 25 call had promised Zelenskyy that Yovanovitch was "going to go through some things". Her phone is off.

Hyde at one point texted Parnas that "they are willing to help if we/you would like a price", and "guess you can do anything in Ukraine with money.is what I was told".

Lawrence Robbins, an attorney for Yovanovitch, called for an investigation into the messages. "We trust that the appropriate authorities will conduct an investigation".

The text messages also show that Parnas consulted Giuliani in January 2019 after the USA denied issuing a visa for former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin. Giuliani replied: "I can revive it".

Trump became only the third United States president to be impeached when the House last month approved charges that he abused the powers of his office and obstructed Congress in its investigation into his conduct.

Bondy and Parnas' associates have alleged that he has extensive information about the effort leading to Trump's impeachment.

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