Democrats concluded their opening arguments for Trump’s removal last Saturday, and Trump’s legal team began arguments in his defense on Tuesday. It continues to look as though the Senate will vote to acquit the president especially after voting not to allow witnesses. However, new information continues to come to light.
On Friday, Lev Parnas’ attorney sent a letter to House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) explaining in detail how his testimony would add to the impeachment trial. Attorney Joseph Bondy said that Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, would be able to tell the Senate information that “is directly relevant to the President’s impeachment inquiry.”
The three-page letter contains information similar to what was in his sit-down interview with ABC’s Rachel Maddow. The letter and the interview both reveal that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry were aware of Trump’s actions in the Ukraine that are the focus of his impeachment.
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
According to MSNBC:
‘Joseph Bondy’s letter, which was also directed to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), went on to say Parnas would be able to detail “the thousands of micro-steps he took in connection with this plan” to gather information on the Bidens. This would include, according to today’s correspondence, “the times and places where he had overheard (Trump) speaking Mr. Giuliani, and the occasions on which he interacted directly with the president.’
The letter stated that:
‘a number of people in (Trump’s) administration and the GOP were aware of the demands being imposed upon Ukraine.’
The letter concludes by saying:
‘We urge you to endorse voting in favor of calling witnesses and hearing evidence, so Senators can make a fully informed choice in the President’s impeachment inquiry, based upon all the relevant facts.’
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