Lev Parnas‘s attorney penned a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Democrats outraise Republicans, but GOP has cash edge Protesters flock to the Capitol after Senate impeachment votes Senate GOP passes resolution setting up end of Trump trial MORE (R-Ky.) Friday detailing what his testimony would add to the impeachment trial of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate Democrats outraise Republicans, but GOP has cash edge Comey op-ed: US democracy won’t ‘come apart’ if Trump isn’t removed from office Protesters flock to the Capitol after Senate impeachment votes MORE, even as the Senate appears prepared to vote down bringing in new witnesses.
In the letter, Joseph Bondy tells McConnell that Parnas, an indicted associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiYovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Impeachment managers make final arguments for witnesses Senate faces hours of late-night votes without agreement on ending impeachment trial MORE, would be able to tell the Senate information that is “directly relevant to the President’s impeachment inquiry,” specifically regarding Parnas’s relationship with Trump and Giuliani as well as his “actions in Ukraine on behalf of the President, as directed by Mr. Giuliani.”
The three-page correspondence goes into detail about Parnas’s actions in Ukraine as well as those who were privy to what he was doing.
The contents are similar to what Parnas said in his sit-down interview with MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowAttorney tells McConnell that Parnas has records ‘directly relevant’ to impeachment Citizens United put out a welcome mat for Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman Giuliani says he was ‘misled’ by Parnas MORE two weeks ago. Both the letter and interview indicate that Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoYovanovitch retires from State Department: reports Attorney tells McConnell that Parnas has records ‘directly relevant’ to impeachment Is South America where Iran will avenge Soleimani’s assassination? MORE, former Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryAttorney tells McConnell that Parnas has records ‘directly relevant’ to impeachment Overnight Energy: Environment takes center stage in House infrastructure plan | Iowans push 2020 candidates on climate | Sanders offers bill on ‘forever chemicals’ Perry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with ‘corruption’ MORE and several other officials within the Trump administration were aware of the pressure campaign in Ukraine that is at the center of Trump’s impeachment.
The White House and Giuliani have both tried to distance themselves from Parnas, with Trump repeatedly saying that he doesn’t personally know Parnas and has only ever interacted with him at fundraising events. However, the letter doubles down on Parnas’s claim that he was taking direct orders from Giuliani, who was working on behalf of his client, the president.
Trump’s defenders are dubious of Parnas’s credibility, as he and Igor Fruman, another associate of Giuliani’s, were arrested late last year on campaign finance charges.
Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFox’s Chris Wallace: ‘Every side is going to come out a winner’ on impeachment Attorney tells McConnell that Parnas has records ‘directly relevant’ to impeachment Dershowitz: Trump trial is my ‘worst controversy’ MORE (D-N.Y.) invited Parnas to attend the impeachment trial earlier in the week, but because of his electronic ankle-monitor, Parnas was not allowed inside the Senate chamber.
Below is the letter Stephanie Schuman @LeafLegal and I sent to Senator McConnell earlier today, (202) 224-2541, summarizing the testimony Lev Parnas would be able to provide, were he called as a witness. #LetLevSpeak #AmericansDemandWitnesses #CallTheWitnesses #LetBoltonTestify pic.twitter.com/WPn7ppz2rG
— Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) January 31, 2020
Bondy tweeted the letter Friday afternoon amid what could be the final day of Trump’s trial.
Both the Democratic House managers and Trump’s defense team have finished their opening arguments, and the two-day questioning period for senators ended Thursday. A vote on whether to admit more evidence and witnesses in the trial is expected later Friday, but it’s believed that Democrats don’t have the four GOP votes needed for the motion to pass.