House Democrats Release New Evidence Ahead of Senate Impeachment Trial of Trump

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House Democrats released new materials from Lev Parnas on Friday, ahead of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump.

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Parnas is a Ukrainian-American businessman and a close associate of Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer. He was indicted for allegedly violating the ban on foreign donations and contributions in connection with federal, state and elections to gain political influence.

The new evidence from Parnas included pictures of him posing with Trump, text messages regarding efforts to surveil former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and his communications with an aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).

House Democrats included Parnas’ documents in the evidentiary record along the articles of impeachment transmitted to the Senate for the trial. They also included into the evidentiary record transcripts of his interviews with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow this week.

During the interviews, Parnas said Trump knew all about his efforts to pressure Ukraine for political favors—in particular, to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. He told Maddow, “I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the President.”