House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., sent new evidence to the House Judiciary Committee that will be given to the Senate in addition to the two articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Schiff wrote, “Despite unprecedented obstruction by the president, the committee continues to receive and review potentially relevant evidence and will make supplemental transmittals.”
U.S. News & World Report has reported the new evidence includes text messages, notes and other documents obtained from Lev Parnas, the indicted former associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
The new evidence includes text messages, notes and other documents that were obtained from Lev Parnas, the indicted former associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was subpoenaed by Democrats in October to turn over relevant documents. The trove of evidence also includes phone records, but they won’t be publicized due to sensitive personal information.
Some of the released materials show Parnas making direct and specific references to the allegations at the center of Trump’s impeachment – that the president and his allies pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open political investigations that could boost Trump’s reelection campaign.
The transmittal of evidence to the House Judiciary Committee means that the new information will be given to the Senate in addition to the two articles of impeachment. That transfer will happen once the House on Wednesday names its impeachment managers and votes on a resolution that’ll formally kick off the historic trial in the upper chamber.
“These documents demonstrate that there is more evidence relevant to the president’s scheme, but they have been concealed by the president himself. All of this new evidence confirms what we already know: the president and his associates pressured Ukrainian officials to announce investigations that would benefit the president politically,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California said. “There cannot be a full and fair trial in the Senate without the documents that President Trump is refusing to provide to Congress.”
As part of the new evidence, a handwritten note is included from Parnas on stationery from The Ritz-Carlton in Vienna, Austria, that referenced Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky being pressured to open an investigation against former Vice President Joe Biden.
The note said: “Get Zalensky [sic] to announce that the Biden case will be investigated.”
A May 2019 letter from Rudy Giuliani to Zelensky asking for a half-hour meeting is also part of the new evidence. Guiliani wrote, “In my capacity as personal counsel to President Trump and with his knowledge and consent, I request a meeting with you on this upcoming Monday, May 13th or Tuesday, May 14th.”
Lastly evidence, text messages between Parnas and Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde were entered into evidence.
The communication suggests former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch’s movements may have been tracked.
According to The Hill, Hyde texted to Parnas, “Wow. Can’t believe Trumo [sic] hasn’t fired this b****. I’ll get right in that.”
“They will let me know when she’s on the move,” Hyde said.
Yovanovitch’s lawyer Lawrence Robbins has responded by calling for an investigation.