Last night, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff submitted new impeachment evidence to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler which will be included in the file expected to be turned over to the Senate today.
This evidence has come from Lev Parnas, a close associate of Rudy Giuliani. Parnas was indicted by the SDNY in October 2019 along with Igor Fruman on charges of conspiring to violate straw and foreign donor bans. Parnas and Fruman had been working with Giuliani to push for investigations of the Bidens. The two Florida-based businessmen were also leveraging political connections to Trump and other prominent Republicans to pursue a lucrative natural gas deal.
One piece of evidence includes Parnas’ undated note to himself scribbled on a Ritz Carlton Vienna notepad. It says, “get Zalensky [sic] to Announce that the Biden case will Be Investigated. start commun[icating] with Zalensky [sic] without [Pinchuk or Kolomoisky].” He could have written the notes yesterday for all we know.
The most important document, for the legal impeachment case against Donald Trump, is a letter Rudy sent to Volodymyr Zelensky stating clearly that he was contacting the Ukrainian president as Trump’s personal lawyer, not a government lawyer.
Just to be precise, I represent him as a private citizen, not as President of the United States.
It makes it clear that — contrary to the Republican cover story — Rudy and Zelensky both knew they were negotiating a personal benefit for Trump, not a benefit to the US.
The evidence also includes text messages. One “seemingly showed Parnas’ associates tracking the movements of Marie Yovanovitch.”
In one exchange from March 2019, Robert F. Hyde, a Trump donor and Republican Congressional candidate whose involvement in the Ukraine saga has not been previously detailed, sent a series of texts to Parnas that implied he had access to people tracking Yovanovitch’s movements in Kyiv, according to the newly released documents.
“They know she’s a political puppet,” Hyde texted. “They will let me know when she’s on the move… They are willing to help if you/we would like a price.”
“Guess you can do anything in Ukraine with money… what I was told,” Hyde messaged. Parnas responded: “LOL.”
Shortly after the text exchanges were released Tuesday, a lawyer for Yovanovitch called for an investigation into the “disturbing” claim that she was being stalked while serving in Ukraine.
Reached for comment on the text messages last night, Hyde texted, “Bull Schiff is a giant b*tch.”
How low can liddle Adam Bull Schiff go? I was never in Kiev. For them to take some texts my buddy’s and I wrote back to some dweeb we were playing with that we met a few times while we had a few drinks is definitely laughable. Schiff is a desperate turd playing with this Lev guy.— HYDE for U.S. Congress (@rfhyde1) January 15, 2020
Additionally, Parnas texted with Yuriy Lutsenko, the former Ukrainian prosecutor who pushed discredited theories about Yovanovich’s supposed hostility toward Trump. According to one March 2019 text message, Lutsenko appeared to link Yovanovitch’s removal to a probe into the Bidens.
As a former mafia prosecutor, this sure sounds like a mob hit was being planned on a public servant in a foreign country by associates of the POTUS. A POTUS who said she was “going to go through some things.” This takes Trump’s lawlessness & misogny to new level. https://t.co/Cx5S0u4vQP— Mimi Rocah (@Mimirocah1) January 15, 2020
So we learned today about the apparent security threat to Yovanovitch: the threat was coming from the president’s own henchmen. They were stalking her and getting price quotes on other services.— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) January 15, 2020
Going to have to do better than that. https://t.co/DMMKoov4J8— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) January 15, 2020
We are still waiting on a response from the State Department on all of this. No comment yet. https://t.co/14048d33VG— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 15, 2020
On Tuesday, the House released new evidence provided by Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, which included disturbing text messages that suggest the movements of former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch were being tracked. https://t.co/Ata6WtSCUK pic.twitter.com/9CnH8Ix5eC— American Oversight (@weareoversight) January 15, 2020
March 24: Donald Trump Jr tweets about Yovanovitch at 12:12pm EDT https://t.co/ygo0MYcGVM— American Oversight (@weareoversight) January 15, 2020
About 20 minutes later, at 4:34pm UTC, Parnas sends Hyde the same article that Don Jr tweeted. pic.twitter.com/swxCyE6dHl
March 25: At that same time, Hyde is messaging Parnas (just after 2:00am the next day Ukraine time, according to the time stamps) suggesting he has Ambassador Yovanovitch under surveillance:— American Oversight (@weareoversight) January 15, 2020
"She's talked to three people. Her phone is off. Computer is off." pic.twitter.com/1Fbozt3S48
Also on March 26: John Solomon emailed Lev Parnas, Victoria Toensing, and Joseph diGenova an article advancing a Soros-related conspiracy theory about the 2016 election. https://t.co/604AXltwUq pic.twitter.com/XkarZaR8TM— American Oversight (@weareoversight) January 15, 2020
Later that night, Hyde messages Parnas about Yovanovitch again:— American Oversight (@weareoversight) January 15, 2020
“Nothing has changed she is still not moving.”
“It’s confirmed we have a person inside.” pic.twitter.com/YuTQutceiR
According to news reports, March 28 is also the day that Giuliani delivered the the “packet” he had compiled about Yovanovitch — including the email that John Solomon had sent to Parnas two days earlier. https://t.co/LMrWh0eO9o; pic.twitter.com/GMLQZH3WgM— American Oversight (@weareoversight) January 15, 2020
And Pompeo’s call schedule, which we obtained through our FOIA lawsuit, shows a call with Nunes scheduled for April 1 — listed on the log immediately after the March 29 call with Giuliani. https://t.co/zYFv8lNe0r pic.twitter.com/Bb2uIx22Ut— American Oversight (@weareoversight) January 15, 2020
This is why we're working so hard to extract the paper trail of the Trump administration's Ukraine dealings.— American Oversight (@weareoversight) January 15, 2020
We have six active lawsuits seeking documents, and more files are scheduled to be released in the coming weeks.
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